Diamond Bar Grandparents’ Rights Attorneys
If your children are grown and have begun families of their own, it can be a great source of joy to spend time with your grandchildren. Grandchildren also treasure the time they spend with their grandparents, and they can benefit greatly from this relationship as well. Relationships between parents and their adult children are complex, however, and may become strained over time, especially after a divorce. When your grandchildren’s parents split, this can have the heartbreaking collateral effect of fracturing the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.
Grandparents may have legal rights to see their grandchildren
Your relationship with your grandchildren has certain legal protections under the laws of the state of California. If you are a grandparent and have lost the ability to see your grandchildren, you may have legal options that will restore your visitation time with them. The San Gabriel Valley family law attorneys at Blasser Law have years of experience helping grandparents protect their right to see their grandchildren on a regular basis. Call us today for a consultation if you’ve been denied the ability to see your grandchildren.
California laws on grandparent visitation
The California Family Code includes sections, numbered § 3102-3104, addressing when grandparents have the right to seek visitation time with their grandchildren. California family courts will consider a grandparent’s application for visitation where the grandchildren and grandparents have an existing relationship that has “engendered a bond.” Judges will grant these applications when they find it to be in the child’s best interest to have visitation with their grandparents, measured against the right of the parents to make what they deem to be the best decisions for their children. The parents’ objection to a grandparent’s request for visitation will result in an automatic presumption that visitation isn’t in the child’s best interests. With the help of skilled attorneys, however, grandparents have the right to attempt to rebut this presumption by presenting testimony and evidence that the relationship provides a major benefit to the child’s well-being.
In many cases, California family judges will not grant visitation where the child’s legal parents are still married. There are certain exceptions to this rule, such as where parents have long been living separately, one of the child’s parents is in jail, or the child was adopted by a stepparent.
Help is Available for Grandparents’ Rights from Dedicated Diamond Bar Family Law Attorneys
Get help protecting or restoring your relationship with your grandchildren by contacting the compassionate, effective, and dedicated Diamond Bar grandparents’ rights lawyers at Blasser Law for a consultation, at 909-843-6363.