May 24, 2020

Understanding Grandparent Rights in California 

Grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives, and the bonds formed between grandchildren and their grandparents are important for their growth and development. In a perfect world, grandparents would get to see their grandchildren on a regular basis and continue to maintain those bonds.

Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world, and relationships aren’t always easy. There are circumstances in which grandparents can be cut off from seeing their grandchildren. Whatever the circumstances are, you should know that you have rights. Understanding grandparent rights in California is not always easy, so here are the basics.

California Grandparent Rights

If you have been barred from seeing your grandchildren, it’s important for you to talk to a family law attorney about your rights. You may be able to petition the court to see your grandchildren. If both parents are living together, are married, and are stable, you won’t have much chance of getting visitation rights if the parents don’t want you to see the children.

You shouldn’t give up without talking to a lawyer, because there may be exceptions you don’t know about. Here are some circumstances that could strengthen your case for getting visitation with your grandchildren.

  • If the parents of your grandchildren are married but are living separately, you may be eligible to seek visitation.
  • If one of the child’s parents is incarcerated or their whereabouts are unknown, you may be able to seek visitation.
  • If one of the parents is deceased, you may qualify for visitation.
  • If one or both parents have substance abuse issues, you could be granted visitation.

If you are seeking custody of a grandchild, you may want to talk to an attorney about legal guardianship in California.

Get in Contact with a Family Law Attorney 

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of grandparent rights in California. Reach out to a California family law attorney at The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock. Dial 909-466-7661 or complete the form below to reach our firm.

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