When it comes to a divorce, custody arrangements can affect family members other than the parents. Grandparents who may play a very important role in a child’s life can also be stripped of their visitation rights.
During and after a separation or divorce, grandparents may wonder if they can still visit their grandchildren. Fortunately in the state of California, grandparents do have legal rights to visit their grandkids and a local family law attorney can help.
There may be a variety of reasons that some parents stop allowing their children visitation time with their grandparents. In many cases, the grandparents may be able to petition the court for visitation.
Petitions for Grandparents visitation may be filed by a California divorce attorney in the following scenarios:
- Separation of parents
- Location of one of the parents is unknown
- The child no longer lives with either of their parents
- Stepparent adoption of the grandchild
- Incarceration or institutionalization of a parent
If a grandparent decides to file for visitation rights in California it is best to secure the services of a California family attorney to assist them in the process:
- Step 1 – A petition must be served to each of the child’s parents, stepparents and anybody else who has physical custody
- Step 2 – The majority of the cases for grandparental visitation will be sent to mediation
- Step – Should the dispute not be able to be resolved in mediation it will be sent to a hearing before a judge
If you are a grandparent who has lost visitation rights to your grandchild in the San Diego area the expert family law attorneys Dunne & Dunne, LLP Divorce and Family Law can fight for your rights.
Call us today to restore your rightful visitation rights with your grandchildren.