- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2003

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The grandparents of a 3-year-old boy have obtained a temporary order prohibiting their widowed daughter-in-law from moving to North Carolina, where she wants to start a new life with her fiance.

Ronald and Rose Miller obtained the order on April 29 against Bonnie Miller, 32, the wife of their late son, Jeff, who died in March 2002 of leukemia. The order against her moving, which remains in effect until a June 4 hearing, also gives the Millers more visitation time with grandson Kevin.

While divorced parents may be able to prevent one another from moving in some circumstances, lawyer Joel Tenenbaum, the chairman of the American Bar Association’s family law section, said he has never heard of grandparents being able to do so.

In court documents, the Millers said they want to prevent the move because their daughter-in-law may be mentally unstable. Bonnie Miller’s attorney, Karen L. Ferri, denied the accusations, calling one comment in the papers “just plain cruel.”

Rose Miller also has said she doesn’t want Kevin taken to a small town where he doesn’t know anyone, but she has declined to comment further. The Millers’ attorney, Carol L. Hanna, didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Bonnie Miller said she wanted to move to start fresh and never intended to prevent her in-laws from seeing Kevin.

“I never, in a million years, ever thought this was going to be an issue,” she said Monday.

Westmoreland County Judge Rita Donovan Hathaway said she ordered Bonnie Miller not to move to North Carolina because it might be difficult to get her to return for the hearing. She also stressed that her ruling was temporary.

“I have made no judgment that grandparents can prevent relocation,” Judge Hathaway said.


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