At the Law Office of Deanne Arthur we understand the importance of extended family and the bond between grandchildren and grandparents. We are experienced in getting grandparents visitation with their grandchildren when communication between the parent(s) completely breaks down.
Under California law, a grandparent can ask the court for reasonable visitation with a grandchild. To give a grandparent reasonable visitation with a grandchild, you must meet some preliminary requirements:
1. There must be a pre-existing relationship between grandparent and grandchild that has “engendered a bond.” This means that there is such a bond between grandparent and grandchild that visitation is in best interest of the grandchild.
2. The court must balance the best interest of the child in having visitation with a grandparent with the rights of the parents to make decisions about their child.
Generally, a grandparent cannot file for visitation if the parents are living and/or still married. However, there are several exceptions that we can discuss with you in further detail.
It is important that you hire an attorney experienced in Grandparent’s rights to represent you and preserve the bond with your grandchildren. Contact us today for a consultation. 619.564.8386.