My question involves restraining orders in the State of: Indiana!
Breaking down a long story into a shorter version.
My son's father & I (haven't been together for years) are currently having major problems. The biggest problem is his fiance, which enjoys making things very difficult for him and I to parent our child together. Because I asked his dad to help me with watching our son during his holiday break so I can work (he doesn't work right now) turned into a huge mess. The huge mess = he & his girlfriend calling me names and saying hateful comments about me in front of my son while they were texting me until 1 in the morning.. Getting into a argument with his father outside of my front door because I asked why he was being so hateful towards me. While arguing, his girlfriend got out of their car (which was in my driveway) yelling, screaming and saying every curse word possible. I told her a few times to get back in her car and mind her own business or to get off my property. After having enough of the fighting a made a comment about the lack of class they have, at that point the girlfriend came after me. She swung a few times but missed.
Next, they took my son and left with him. I called the police to get my son back home, which worked. My son came home crying, so of course I sat him down to talk to him. My son then let everything out which killed me!
He told me when his dad's girlfriend gets angry with him, she hits him. On the bottom, arms, legs and back of his head. He told me she's angry a lot and he's scared of her. Now even more scared of her, I-not knowing, my son was looking out of the window when the girlfriend tried to hit me.
I filed for a protective order on behalf of my son against her (not his father), report to CPS, set-up counseling for my son and so on..... The protection order was denied! I CANNOT wrap my head around the idea of someone not seeing this as abuse. My son is terrified to go over there!!
Here's the knowledge I need.... What could/will happen if I don't allow my son to go over there on his dad's weekend? Can I do anything about the order being denied?
As stated, I'm not trying to keep him from his dad, just the girlfriend. They live together so I know she'll be there.
The county court house told me I have to take his dad back to court to fight to get his visitation changed, which would take months... 1.) I'm not trying keeping my son from his dad... 2.) That does not make sense at all in this case.
I don't understand... Parents are supposed to protect their children, but doing so can get the parent in trouble with the law?
Please someone help me.... I'm lost on what to do at this point..