Seeking Legal Rights For Grandparents
During divorce or custody proceedings, grandparents often get marginalized. Many grandparents find themselves "shut out" by one of the parents and feel that their grandchildren are suffering as a result. But what does the law say?
Know The Requirements
In California, a grandparent may ask the court to grant reasonable visitation rights, but only if certain conditions already exist. Parranto & Applegate can help you review the facts of your case to determine whether you even have the ability to request that visitation. The court will examine the pre-existing relationship between the grandparent and the grandchild, and you will need to prove that you have a strong enough bond that visitation is in the child's best interest. Not only that, but the child's interest in having visitation with the grandparent has to outweigh the parent's right to exercise parental authority.
Strong Representation On Your Side
Whether you are a grandparent seeking to maintain the close relationship you already enjoy with your grandchildren, or a parent who opposes a grandparent's involvement in your children's lives, family law attorney Jennifer Applegate will help you assess the facts and decide whether legal action is the right course to take. We can also help you consider alternatives such as family counseling, mediation, and out-of-court agreements.
Arrange A Reduced-Rate Appointment
Contact our Santa Rosa office today to discuss your grandparents' rights questions with a lawyer. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment at other times. You can reach us by phone at (707) 573-8868 or via email.