In a tragic story that Texas readers may recall involving the murder of a Georgia father of two, his parents and widow have become involved in a visitation dispute. The problem is that their mother’s boss was recently convicted of murdering their father. The parents of the deceased man, along with many others, suspect that his wife was involved in the murder.
However, she has yet to be indicted, and in fact she may never be. In the meantime, she is raising her children, while at the same time trying to defend her innocence. She believes that her in-law’s accusations that she was involved in her husband’s murder are not in the best interest of the children.
The children’s paternal grandparents are allowed contact with the two children, but they sought court-ordered visitation with the children, and the possibility of the children traveling out of state to visit them for an extended period. They feel that their daughter-in-law has limited their contact with their grandchildren since their son’s death.
A judge recently disagreed with the grandparents and found that the children are not being harmed by not visiting their grandparents out-of-state. The grandparents are allowed to visit the children when they come to visit and stay at a hotel. The judge was not willing to extend their visitation rights to mandatory out-of-state visits.
Obviously, this is a very difficult family law case for all parties involved, but especially for the children who must be suffering from the loss of their father, the accusations against their mother and the mourning of their grandparents and extended family.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Sneiderman widow, in-laws near ruling in visitation dispute,” Christian Boone, July 10, 2012