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Determining visitation for grandparents

Divorce affects every family member involved. The emotional toll divorce takes can even be felt by individuals outside of the immediate family. For grandparents, divorce may mean facing the possibility of never seeing a grandchild again. Fortunately, California law allows grandparents to request consideration by the family court for visitation with a grandchild following a divorce.

Just as when a family court determines placement and custody, determining reasonable visitation between a grandparent and grandchild takes the consideration of numerous aspects. The main factor a family court will consider when determining visitation between a grandparent and grandchild is if a pre-existing relationship is being threatened by the child's parents divorce. This does not mean that just any relationship must have existed between the grandparent and grandchild, but rather one that supports the notion that visitation is in the child's best interests.

Another factor that is considered by the family court when awarding visitation between a grandparent and grandchild is the balance between what is in a child's best interests and the rights of the child's parents. This may suggest that if both parents do not wish to support a relationship between the grandparent and child, the family court may view court ordered visitation as a violation of the parent's rights. Essentially, the family court is responsible for finding a balance between parental rights in the child's best interests.

Divorce is a heavy emotional event. Just as for parents, grandparents may struggle with the idea of limited contact with their grandchildren. Fortunately for parents and grandparents alike, working with an experienced family law attorney can help loved ones find the balance between individual rights and a child's best interests.

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