An Attorney for Grandparents' Rights Can Fight for Visitation & Custody
During a divorce proceeding, considerable resources are spent ensuring fair child custody and visitation rights between the parents, while grandparents’ rights are often overlooked. If you are looking for an attorney for grandparents’ rights, Rombro & Associates in Manhattan Beach, CA, can be the champion for your interests. S. Roger Rombro, Kelly A. Tufts, and Melinda A. Manley can help you obtain visitation rights, or custody of a child if the parent is unable to provide adequate care. Call us at (310) 545-1900 or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation and learn more.
Visitation Rights for Grandparents
In the wake of a divorce, or following the death of a parent, the custodial parent may make contact between the children and the grandparents difficult, or terminate it entirely. The state of California recognizes the legal right of grandparents to have reasonable visitation with their grandchildren if there was a pre-existing relationship between the grandparent and child that “engendered a bond.”
We can help you obtain visitation rights, or custody of a child if the parent is unable to provide adequate care.
A court will seek an optimal arrangement based on the best interests of the child, balancing the grandparents’ visitation rights with the rights of the parents. A judge may award grandparents visitation rights if:
- The child's parents have filed for divorce
- One parent is deceased, and the surviving parent has unreasonably denied visitation
- One or both parents have unreasonably denied visitation to a grandparent for more than 90 days
Custody for Grandparents
Under California law, grandparents are permitted to file for custody of a grandchild when both parents are deceased. Custody may also be sought if parental rights have been terminated due to a history of abuse, drug use, or other circumstances that make the parent unfit or unable to be a caretaker. There are other circumstances in which custodial rights would be granted to a grandparent, if it can be shown that such an arrangement would be in the child’s best interests.
Obtaining Visitation & Custody Rights
It is often preferable to resolve visitation and custody issues outside of court. Mediation is a type of conflict resolution that provides a structured, moderated environment to discuss your needs and concerns, and reach an agreement with other family members. This legal avenue can allow parties to come to a consensus without damaging your relationships.
In the event of a failed mediation, or ongoing difficulties between different parties, grandparents may have to take legal action to enforce their visitation rights. A lawsuit may be an option in conflicts where the child’s caretakers continue to deny a grandparent contact with their grandchild. Litigation can be costly and time-intensive, which makes choosing an attorney with the right approach in and out of the courtroom critically important.
Reach Out to Our Firm
If you are being denied visitation rights, or if you are seeking custody of a grandchild, call Rombro & Associates today at (313) 545-1900 and schedule a consultation. You can also use an online form to reach out to us and we will return your correspondence shortly.
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