Grandparent's Rights

Grandparent’s Rights Attorney in Murrieta

Compassionate Family Law Advocacy – (951) 506-6654

Many people often think of spouses as being the only parties affected during divorce; they rarely consider the various ways in which a separation can affect the relationship between grandparents and children. In cases where grandparents occupy a position of considerable influence in a child’s life, the change of family dynamics and living situations associated with divorce can sometimes compromise this relationship, requiring grandparents to take action to ensure their rights are protected.

If you are a grandparent who wishes to obtain visitation or custody rights of your grandchildren, it is vital you contact a knowledgeable Murrieta family lawyer from Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich right away. With more than 50 years of collective experience, our advocates can help you understand your legal options and guide you towards the most appropriate course of action.

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What Rights Do Grandparents Have in California?

Unfortunately, in the state of California, grandparents have very limited rights to custody and visitation. Generally speaking, grandparents will only be given consideration for visitation if the parents agree to grant them these rights, the parents are deceased, or if the courts determine that the parents are unfit to care for the child.

What if a Child's Parents Opposes Grandparent Visitation?

If a child’s parents should oppose grandparent visitation, the courts will often side with them unless the petitioning grandparent is able to demonstrate that (1) the visitation would be in the child’s best interests, and (2) their involvement would not interfere with the parents’ ability to make decisions on the child’s behalf.

Factors the courts will consider include:

  • The child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs
  • The grandparents’ ability to meet the child’s needs
  • The wishes of the child, if age 14 or older
  • The nature and frequency of contact between the child and grandparents
  • Evidence of abuse or neglect among the parents

Regardless of the specifics, grandparent’s rights cases require a considerable amount of legal evidence and preparation in order to be won. Our team of knowledgeable attorneys can review the circumstances of your case and craft a custom-tailored legal strategy on your behalf in pursuit of the results you need.

Let Us Handle the Legal Heavy Lifting

At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our Murrieta family law attorneys understand and appreciate the value of a loving relationship between a child and his or her grandparents. With years of legal experience practicing family law in California, we can provide the trusted guidance you need to maximize your chances of maintaining an active presence in your grandchild’s life. Whether you are seeking visitation or custody following a divorce, separation, or death of your grandchild’s parents, we are ready to stand by your side and assert your rights.

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