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Understanding grandparent visitation rights in California

Grandparents play a special role in the lives of children. And while many children grow up having close, meaningful relationships with their grandparents - many others do not.

There are all sorts of reasons for a non-existent relationship between a grandchild and grandparent. And most are not due to living far apart. Strained relationships between the child's parents or a messy divorce can affect the grandchild/grandparent relationship too.

  • So what can grandparents do if they want to maintain a close relationship with a grandchild?
  • Are there legal steps a grandparent can take to secure visitation rights?

If a parent is not allowing a grandparent to see the grandchild, the grandparent may have legal options and may be able to secure grandchild visitation rights.

Working with an attorney is a wise option for grandparents who are seeking visitation rights. However, certain criteria must be met in order for these rights to be secured. The court will look at many factors and ask important questions when making a decision:

  • Do the grandparent and the grandchild have a bond?
  • Was there a close relationship up to this point?
  • What is in the best interests of the child?

An attorney can review your specific case and help you determine the best course of action. Taking legal steps now can help pave the path for a close relationship with your grandchild going forward.

Learn how an attorney can help

Are you a grandparent who has questions about your right to see your grandchild? Are you looking for legal help to establish a visitation schedule?

The Law Offices of Victoria S. Linder, PC, handles grandparent custody and visitation cases throughout the Central Valley and northern California. Please complete this online contact form to reach our office.

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