Pasadena Grandparents' Rights Lawyer
Family Law Attorney Helping You Fight for Your Rights
An unfortunate reality of family relationships is that they are often complicated and difficult. This is a truth that grandparents often know all too well. At Gille Law Group, our Pasadena family law attorneys understand the stress and frustration of being shut out of your grandchildren's lives and your desire to maintain the loving relationships that you and your grandchildren deserve.
We understand the delicate and emotional nature of these issues and have the experience and compassion that you and your loved ones need. You can trust our firm to provide personalized legal counsel to help you seek visitation with or custody of your grandchildren.
What Are a Grandparent's Rights?
In California, a grandparent's rights to visitation and custody primarily depend upon the child's circumstances and relationships with his or her parents. As opposed to some states, California considers these rights to be permissive, which means that in certain situations, a grandparent may file a petition for visitation regardless of whether or not the child's parents are still married.
A grandparent may request visitation in the following scenarios:
- The parents are living apart
- One parent has been absent for at least a month
- A stepparent has adopted the child
- The petition is joined by one parent
- The child does not live with parents
- The grandparent has a good relationship with the grandchild
How Can I Request Visitation with My Grandchild?
In order to seek visitation rights, a grandparent can file a petition in court. If there is an existing case between your grandchild's parents, such as a divorce, child custody, or child support case, you can file your petition under it. Otherwise, your request will be filed as a new case.
As there are no official court forms for grandparents' visitation requests, we will draft an effective petition. Once pleadings have been filed with the court clerk, you will be given a court date. In most cases, the court will require that you and your grandchild's parents attend mediation before the court date to give you the opportunity to work out a visitation or custody plan on your own. If a dispute continues to exist, a judge will make the ultimate decision.
A judge will consider two primary factors in a request for visitation:
- Whether or not a relationship previously existed between the grandparent and child, such that visitation is in the child's best interest.
- The balance between fulfilling the child's best interests and upholding the parents' right to make decisions regarding their children.
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While a grandparent's rights to his or her grandchildren have been recognized more and more over the years, the child's best interest and the parent's rights to decision-making are generally prioritized in these decisions. To win rights to your grandchildren you must get your proof before the court. Our experienced team of Pasadena family law attorneys have the experience you need and a passion for helping families find resolutions.
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