Understanding What Grandparents' Rights Entail
California law provides for grandparents' rights in the following ways. If a parent dies, close relatives of the parent, such as grandparents, may be granted visitation rights. In a child custody case, grandparents may be granted visitation rights to their grandchildren only if it is in the best interests of the child or children. Finally, a petition for visitation may be filed by grandparents if the grandchild's parents are not married.
If the parents object or if the parent with legal custody objects, then the court must be shown a pre-existing relationship or bond between the child and the grandparents. The court must take into consideration both the rights of the grandparents and the rights of the parents in determining whether visitation rights are allowable. If a stepparent adopts a child, grandparents will not lose their visitation rights according to an amendment of California law in 2007.
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In California, grandparents may seek and get legal approval for visitation rights to their grandchildren. This can be accomplished in different ways under difference scenarios. Our firm represents grandparents in all cases involving grandparents' rights and issues. As a law firm focusing strictly on family law matters, we are very familiar with and well-versed in the laws regarding grandparents' rights as well as all other aspects of family law.
Whatever situation you are facing as a grandparent in regards to your grandchild, you will receive the benefit of a family law attorney who can apply his experience, skills, and resources to your case. Our law firm understands the difficulties and stresses of family law issues, especially as regards family relationships and the importance of children in those relationships. If you need legal assistance with a grandparents' rights matter, please contact our firm for a consultation about your particular situation.