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Post #12933 by Dryle on July 3rd 2008, 11:30 PM (in topic “Step-Fathers and new families”)

Step-Fathers and new families:

Monster,

I understand what you are saying but I find it extremly frustrating.  Other than fathering her the bf has had very little involvement in her life other than to cause problems to the mother.  I have lived with her as a father for 6 of her 7 years.  She calls me dad, and has almost 0 contact with her bf or his family except for a monday night phone call.

I guess in my mind the law can be very backwards in terms of step-parents.

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Post #12931 by Dryle on July 3rd 2008, 10:35 PM (in topic “Step-Fathers and new families”)

Step-Fathers and new families

I am hoping to get some advice.

I am the step-father of a seven year old girl, her biological father now resides overseas.  I am trying to determine what legally my rights should be and if my wife can apply for orders giving her full responisiblity for her daughter.

My wife has a daughter with a previous partner, she left this partner when their daughter was 6 months old due to verbal abuse, threatening behavior and intimidation.  Six months later we got together and have been together ever since.  Her daughter is now seven years old.  We have been married for two years now and are thinking of having children of our own.

The father has caused numerous problems in our lives and because of that they are now on their fourth set of court orders.  Their is a long history of conflict from the fathers side, he is very controlling and when he does not get what he wants he uses whatever means possible to make things difficult.  They have negociated the court orders 4 times now due to him not being happy with what he has agreed to, he makes a habit of interpreting the orders in his best interest.

Two years ago the father decided that he wanted to move to another country with his then girlfriend.  Since then they now have a daughter of their own. 

I guess what I am wondering is if we can establish orders that limit or eliminate any contact the father has with his daughter, and establish that I am her father.

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