Is a stepparent allowed to spank for any reason they choose fit?

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Is a stepparent allowed to spank for any reason they choose fit?

My ex-husband’s wife is spanking our son. My issue with this is that she’s willing to spank him over a pair of shoes I bought home and he’s told me he’s worried that he’ll get in trouble if she ever sees them on him. My son has told me she’s allowed to punish him anyway he wants. He’s a nervous wreck and each year he spends time with them he gets in more and more trouble at school. My ex and I have a every other week schedule and my son didn’t mention anything about his father punishing him for the shoes. To me this is emotionally unhealthy for my child. My hands feel tied due to our custody agreement.

Asked on January 12, 2012 under Family Law, North Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Listen, this is your child we are talking about.  If the situation is such that it is causing him anxiety and problems at school then you need to modify the custody agreement as you see fit.  Go and speak with ana ttorney on the matter.  If your son is old enough to express his cincerns to you in a logical and meaningful way (not just: they are too strict but they hit me over ridiculous reasons) then he can tell it to a judge.  And she may have no right to touch him at all.  She is not his parent.  Get help please.  Good luck.


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