My girlfriend (Amie) and I have been dating for about a year. We live in Pennsylvania. She has a son at the age of 7. His father has no contact with him. We live in the same house. We provide and alcohol, drug, and abuse free home to her child.
The issue comes in to play when we mention her parents. They were around her child alot as he grew up and everything was fine. They are Seventh Day Adventist's and live their lives accordingly. Since her move in with me, she has stepped away from the Seventh Day Adventist Church and "converted" (if you will) to traditional Christianity. Her family did not take to this very well and proceeded to call her and tell her how she was wrong and how she is messing up her child's life. This went on for a few months and she dealt with it. As she allowed him to go up to visit them he would come home talking of religion (which was in opposition to what she had taught him) he would be disrespectful (she attributes this to the fact that they follow a way of teaching in which little or no discipline is given) and he would tell her of how they were speaking negatively about how she is handling her life. I remind you he is 7 years old and in our opinion should not be thrown into the middle of all this.
Recently, due to Amie's decision to only allow them to see him under her supervision, they have threatened to attain Grandparents Visitation Rights. We did some research and we noticed that because the Father isnt around, they may be able to apply, but in our opinion the fact that they wish to change the religion in which he is taught and the fact that they do not respect her wishes in the area of discipline and respect, we believe their seeing him without her being present could and most likely will interfere with the parent-child relationship. Finally, I want to say, the only time they would be able to see him due to him going to school, would be weekends. Seeing as they observe Saturday as the "Sabbath" and live accordingly, Amie feels this would instill thoughts into his mind that their way of life is correct and consequently destroy what she feels is right for him to learn. And if he was to be with them on a Sunday, the day we observe as the "Sabbath" that would again be in opposition to her teachings.
Any input would help...We wish to know what chance they have, if any at all in attaining rights and what we can do to counter if need be...
Thank you again : )