My ex's mother in law has engaged in alienation including telling my kids when I dropped them off with my ex "yeah torture time has ended". My son is in court ordered therapy with me, which is the only place in the permanent orders that I have sole decision making, everything else is joint. My ex's mother has never met my son's therapist and has just filed a second DORA complaint against her. The first resulted in the therapist having to update her consent form, but nothing else despite a long list of complaints. Now there is a second complaint, which I don't know what is in it yet. Is there anything I can do legally against my ex's mother?
I don't think so. It is very difficult to convince a court to stop someone from bringing concerns to the appropriate government agency even if those concerns are of questionable validity.
Further, I don't think you have any standing to protect your son's therapist from your ex-mother-in-law. If there were grounds to take action, it is something that the therapist would have to pursue.
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The court in your divorce or custody case does not have jurisdiction over your ex's mother. The therapist is the one who can choose whether to do something tied into the mother in law's behavior. You could certainly take steps with the divorce or custody case to get orders in place prohibiting your ex to bring your kids around his mother, but would need to be able to demonstrate (prove) how what she is doing is harmful to the kids. You should consult with a family law attorney.
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