My daughter hates she’s black because of stuff told to her by her dads side, how do I tell the judge this could be harmful
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I agree with the suggestion for therapy but I think it should be for dad/daughter so she can tell him in a safe environment how what he says to her makes her feel. Ask the court to order it.
I would suggest that you place your child in therapy and have the therapist document the clinical observations in a declaration. If you report what your child is saying, but for certain exceptions such as a spontaneous utterance, you will draw a hearsay objection. Discuss this with an attorney. t
You did not provide enough information. Sounds like you need to tell a family lawyer.
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Put it in your papers and press the issue in court. If you live in a reporting county, discuss the matter with Family Court Services and ask them to interview her separately. The extent to which you bring up the problem may depend upon what you think is the best solution to your daughter's dilemma. If all you want is custody, maybe he'll give it to you. You can certainly ask the court for a restraining order barring your ex from making derogatory statements about her race or ethnic background, and against permitting any other person to do so. Proving that it actually occurred, though, is a bit tough. If it were the most important aspect of your case, then you could demand a trial on custody and visitation, shut-up about the topic, and think of ways to lead him up to admitting it on cross-examination. You probably need a lawyer to help with that, but you'd be amazed at things that people admit on cross-examination -- if you couch the question in such a way that they think it's in their best interests to admit the fact.
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