Pomona Grandparent’s Rights Lawyer

“It can be incredibly difficult for grandparents to care for their grandchildren when parents fail in their duty. Get the legal assistance you need by working with a Pomona grandparent’s rights lawyer.”

As a grandparent, you are in a challenging situation when it comes to matters of custody or visitation. While you do have legal rights to see your grandchildren, you are likely to need a Pomona grandparent’s rights lawyer from the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock to enforce them.

Your Rights Do Not Supersede the Parents’

When there is a custody dispute between the parents and the grandparents, the parents typically win. This is not always the case, however.

That being said, be aware that the court will be reluctant to rule against the rights of the parents. If your petition attempts to do so, there needs to be a compelling reason for why your position is within the best interests of the child.

The Child’s Best Interests Come First

It is the duty of the court to protect the best interests of the child, which means that any petition made by you must meet this standard. These are some of the points that need to be considered:

  • Does your request make life more stable for the child?
  • Does it protect an established bond between you and the child or with other relatives?
  • Will they be more physically or emotionally secure?
  • Will your request preserve something the child is accustomed to?
  • Is this a unique and beneficial opportunity for the child?

An example of a potentially successful argument would be if a child has been in your care after school every day for the past five years but now that the parents are getting divorced, one parent wants to put the child into daycare. If you petitioned the court to keep the after-school care routine the same, your petition would be to keep the child’s routine as stable as possible during the divorce. This could easily be viewed as within your grandchild’s best interests.

You Can Petition for Visitation Rights

Death and sometimes divorce can create the need to petition the court for visitation. You will need a Pomona grandparent’s rights lawyer to represent you in order to prove that seeing the child is within their best interests, even if doing so is against the desires of the remaining parent.

Again, since the court will not want to strip away the parent’s rights, the argument must be strong.

Being Named Your Grandchild’s Guardian

If your grandchild’s parents are unable to take care of him or her, it is possible to be named the legal guardian. Some situations that might make this possible are as follows:

  • Incarceration
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Homelessness
  • Abuse
  • Abandonment

In situations like these, it is likely that Child Services will step in and attempt to place the child into foster care. At this point, a Pomona grandparent’s rights lawyer can represent you to ensure that you are named his or her guardian.

If Child Services is unaware of the situation, it is still wise to seek to be named the child’s legal guardian. This will provide you with the ability to enroll him or her in school, obtain health insurance, make medical decisions, and so on.

Contact a Pomona Grandparent’s Rights Attorney

If you want to establish visitation, custody, guardianship, or protect the rights of your grandchild, call the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock at 909-466-7661 or complete the form below. A Pomona grandparent’s rights lawyer from our firm can protect your rights while also providing you with dependable legal advice.