Grandmother Denied Standing In Custody Case
A Sydney judge has ruled a local woman won’t have standing in a custody battle over her 18-month old grandson because she can’t keep the boy safe from his mother.
In a ruling released yesterday, Justice Theresa Forgeron says she believes the woman loves her grandson, but she adds attachment isn’t the only factor to be considered in the case.
None of those involved in the case can be identified publicly.
Forgeron’s ruling notes the boy was born addicted to drugs, and his mother continues to battle a long-standing addiction problem.
The woman had been allowed supervised contact with her son, but Forgeron says the grandmother in the case allowed unauthorized contact between the two, and at times placed the mother’s interest ahead of those of the child.
The grandmother sought full custody after the province sought the boy’s permanent removal from his mother.
A permanent care hearing in the case was delayed until the grandmother’s standing was determined.