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GrandparentsIn today’s challenging economic situation, grandparents are playing a more pivotal role in their grandchildren’s lives. This does not just mean that grandparents are visiting their grandchildren more, or that they are helping out a little more, but rather financially assisting in rearing their grandchildren. According to Reuters, the AARP reported that today, 37 percent of grandparents are assisting with the daily living costs of their grandchildren. Despite the large percentage of grandparents helping to support their grandchildren, our Northern California family law attorneys are still assisting many grandparents fighting for the right to visit their grandchildren.

Grandparent Rights in America:
In 2000, the grandparent’s right to visitation took a hard hit and has subsequently become a very difficult case to win. That year the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Troxel v. Granville, wherein a Washington state law that allowed courts to grant visitation rights to grandparents if it was in the child’s “best interest” was struck down. This decision led many other states to strike down similar laws. However, grandparents still may be granted visitation in some states across the U.S. .

Grandparent Visitation Rights in California:
In California Grandparents do not have an absolute right to visitation of their grandchildren. However, there are instances where grandparents may be able to have limited visitation granted by the courts. Some instances where grandparents may be granted visitation rights are when one parent of the grandchildren has passed away, when the grandchild is not living with either parent, or if the court makes a determination that visitation with the grandparent is in the best interest of the grandchild.

The type of visitation that may be granted can vary widely, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Grandparents can be given a significant amount of visitation, such as a weekend a month or extended time during summer break. Grandparents can also be given very little visitation, such as invitations to the grandchild’s games or recitals. Grandparents can also be completely removed from their grandchildren’s lives.

As the parent’s rights are always first and foremost, gaining grandparent visitation rights can be difficult. If both parents do not want grandparents to have visitation, an extreme case would have to be found by a court in order to grant any sort of visitation. Further, this area of the law is ever evolving as family roles change. It is therefore vital for grandparents to seek a grandchild visitation lawyer’s help in these cases.

Getting Legal Help in Santa Rosa California:
Our Santa Rosa family law attorney can help you in your pursuit of obtaining visitation of grandchildren as a grandparent. These cases can be extremely tricky and it is very important to have the assistance of an experienced family law lawyer on your side. The attorneys of Beck Law PC has vast experience advocating for their client’s visitation rights and can adequately protect your rights during this complex process. For a free consultation regarding the specifics of your case contact Beck Law P.C. at 707-576-7175 or contact us online.


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Local community members have many different family structures. Different arrangements present unique family law issues that were not as common even a few decades ago. For example, there are many more cases of children being raised, in part or in whole, by their grandparents. In many cases a teenager or young adult may have a child and be unable to provide the care that the child needs. They may turn to their own parents for assistance. In other situations, there are sometimes adults who are unable to manage the responsibility of raising a child, whether it be because of financial difficulties, drug and alcohol dependency, or any number of other reasons. In these scenarios it is common for one or more of the child’s grandparents to take an active role in providing food, clothing, shelter, and a stable environment. Such arrangements differ greatly in how they are managed and the length of time that they exist. grandparent.jpg

Circumstances are constantly changing, and a parent who cannot provide a proper home one day may be in a different position a month, a year, or a decade later. Major conflicts can arise when a parent attempts to remove his or her child from a grandparent who has been acting as a parent. Naturally, the longer the grandparent has been caring for the child, the more difficult it usually is to find an easy solution to a potential custody dispute.

California grandparent adoption law allows a grandparent to turn to the justice system to gain permanent custody of a grandchild in certain situations. Usually, a grandparent must demonstrate that allowing the child to live with his or her natural parent would be a risk to the health, safety, and well-being of the child. For example, if the grandparent can prove that the parent is abusive or on drugs, then a court may terminate the parent’s rights and award custody to the grandparent.

Of course, biological parents can always sign over their rights as parents and allow the child’s grandparents to adopt. It is not uncommon for parents who have not had much contact with their children for an extended period of time to tell the grandparents that they will sign over their rights. However, as our Santa Rosa child custody attorneys know from experience, when it actually comes to voluntarily giving up their rights, parents often change their minds, which can lead to a difficult and painful custody battle.

At the end of the day, a court that is tasked with deciding whether to award custody to a parent or grandparent is almost always going to be faced with an extremely difficult choice. All court battles are emotional, but few are more contentious than one where a relationship with a child hangs in the balance. Ultimately, the court must determine what is in the best interests of the child and will shape its decision around that question.

Community members heading into such a case must be prepared for a grueling fight that may leave broken relationships. Having an experienced advocate is essential to ensuring that rights are protected and no legal stone is left unturned. The fact that the law in this area focuses on the “best interest of the child,” means that the court has much discretion, and the quality of the advocacy can make all the difference.

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