Grandparents Asked To Stop Speaking About Religion To Grandchild - Zukerman Law

Grandparents Asked To Stop Speaking About Religion To Grandchild

If you were raising your child to be open to whatever religion he or she wanted, you’d be upset if someone tried to influence your child at a young age. If that person was trying to get visitation with the child, you may ask a court to restrict that visitation to supervised visits to prevent further incidents from influencing your child. That’s what one woman is doing in Canada, because her child’s paternal grandparents insist on speaking about their religion and time as Jehovah’s Witnesses despite her requesting that they don’t.

The mother is the sole guardian of the child. The father does not pay child support to the mother, and as far as raising his daughter goes, he allegedly has no parental responsibilities. He was disfellowshipped from his faith when his daughter was born.

Despite this, his parents want to spend time with their granddaughter. The mother has not objected to that, but she did ask them not to speak about their faith around the child. When they did not comply with that request in unsupervised visits, the mother had the visits limited to those that are supervised. She claims that the grandparents had taken the little girl to Kingdom Hall and services there despite knowing the mother’s objections.

In this case, the judge ruled in favor of the mother, because since she is a sole guardian, the grandparents have no say in how she is raised. They tried to claim that it was in the child’s best interests to be exposed to the religion early and to make up her own mind, but since the mother disagreed, the court ruled that the grandparents could not continue to educate the girl about their religion.


Stuart Zukerman

Stuart Zukerman, a graduate of the University of British Columbia, has over 32 years of experience in litigation with a focus on Family Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Dismissal claims, and Collaborative Divorce & Mediation. He has extensive trial experience in divorce, child custody, spousal support, asset division, and ICBC injury claims. As an accredited Family Law Mediator, he helps resolve disputes without court intervention. Stuart has also authored papers on family law and lectured at CLE courses.