One listener wants to know if she can reach out to the other party’s lawyer. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
Terry, the maternal grandmother of her 15 year-old grandson, shares legal custody with his paternal grandparents, who have physical custody. Terry doesn’t have a lawyer, so she wants to know if she’s allowed to contact the other grandparents’ lawyer, when they don’t abide by the custody agreement, even though they’ve asked her not to.
Terry, since you don’t have a lawyer, there is no rule that says their lawyer can’t speak to you but remember that lawyer is looking out for their best interest, not yours. And the lawyer will likely bill his clients for the time he spends on the matter, which is why they’re telling you not to contact him. If they’re willing to work out the matter with you directly, you could all save money. If not, you may have to hire your own lawyer. If you can’t afford one, Google “Legal Aid Society” in your county, and see how to sign up for a low or no cost lawyer to represent your interest.