Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?

When parents file for a divorce, everyone knows that they will have to tackle custody issues. It is important for parents to have a sound understanding of their parenting plans and how they will approach custody. However, what about other family members, such as grandparents? Sometimes, a divorce can negatively impact a grandparent’s relationship with their grandchildren. But it is possible to take action if this occurs.

What Can Grandparents Do In Terms of Visitation?

Every family has a different situation that requires a unique approach. Not every divorce puts a strain on a grandparent’s relationship with their grandchild. Many can successfully maintain a connection without legal intervention. However, if parents begin to restrict access or harm the relationship, it is possible to take legal action.

An attorney can do one of the following to help maintain your relationship with your grandchild:

  • Create a visitation agreement that establishes regular meetings with your grandchildren.
  • If necessary, an attorney may help you seek temporary or permanent custody of your grandchildren. This is typically done in situations when a parent passes away or is no longer able to provide adequate care for their children.
  • You may also be able to pursue guardianship or conservatorship over your grandchildren, giving you the ability to make decisions about their care.
  • In some instances, it may be absolutely necessary to terminate parental rights altogether. An attorney can assist you in this process.

Grandparents can seek these resolutions through multiple methods, such as mediation or litigation.

Finding An Attorney That Understands

You may need legal assistance if you are a grandparent concerned about your relationship with your grandchildren after a divorce. The team at Creative Family Solutions, Cianci Law, PC understands the importance of maintaining a relationship with your grandchildren and can help you do so.

Contact our team today at (916) 797-1575 to schedule an appointment for a consultation! We can provide you with experienced legal counsel.

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