Divorce is a difficult process that impacts virtually every member of a family. Beyond immediate family members, it also affects grandparents and other extended family members who may have strong relationships with the kids. Parents may not agree on how and when their kids should see grandparents after a divorce, and these disagreements can lead to a disruption in how often other family members can see the kids.
California grandparents who are no longer able to see their grandchildren may want to explore their right to seek visitation. There are specific circumstances that allow these family members to seek the court’s intervention. It can be a costly and stressful battle for grandparents to do this, but it can be worthwhile. Grandparents do have limited rights, but they are only applicable in certain situations.
Litigation and court battles can have an unhealthy impact on children. Grandparents may want to weigh the potential benefits over the possible negative consequences. This largely depends on the ages of the children, their relationship with the grandparents and other factors. It may be possible to secure an out-of-court resolution through negotiations and discussions between the parents and grandparents.
Ultimately, the most important consideration will be the best interests of the children. This is true whether discussing the matter out of court or seeking the intervention of a family judge. As with all potentially complex child custody and visitation matters, it may be beneficial to work with an experienced California attorney who can help provide guidance and assistance at every step.