Our expert says:
You are right that while such threats MIGHT not end seriously, one cannot afford to ignore or minimize them. Lifeline or SADAG may be able to suggest available resources near you, and in view of her age, a child psychiatrist would be best. ( You don't mention where you live, and we're anyway not able to keep track of all relevant practitioners in the country )
Sounds like a very complex situation, with disgraceful behaviour by the ex and in-laws.
Sometimes an advantage to going to the maintenance court is not merely to establish the principle that he must be financially responsible for the child, but one can also ask the court to decide issues like custody and visitation rights, in the best interests of the child, and such a court would hear your concerns about possible abuse, etc. This is something definite to work with, rather than relying on whatever he and his family might try to arrange, and the court might even be persuaded to limit or forbid access by those of his famioly who are interfering unhelpfully for the welfare of the child.
So, apart from seeking proper clinical assessment and care, do get proper legal advice, too.
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