When grandparents unreasonably have their ability to visit with their loved ones taken away by a parent, the state of California does have legal provisions for them to secure visitation rights. While the criteria for qualifying are very specific, grandparents who have been impacted by a divorce case may be able to continue to see their grandchildren through these special legal circumstances. If you would like to find out if you are eligible to obtain these visitation orders, speak with a reputable Murrieta family law attorney.
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Qualifying To File For Grandparents’ Rights
If you are a grandparent whose ability to visit with your grandchildren has been denied, an attorney can help you determine if you qualify to file for legal visitation rights. This usually requires that the parents of the grandchildren be divorced, but there are some exceptions.
- You may be able to file for visitation in instances where parents remain married, including:
- The married parents are living separately
- One parent has disappeared
- One parent joins the petition for visitation
- The grandchild does not live with either parent
- A stepparent has adopted the grandchild
You also cannot file for court-ordered visitation when your rights to see your grandchildren have been denied by both parents. The general exception to this rule is if the grandparents can demonstrate to the court that visitation rights would be in the child’s best interests. A skilled attorney can analyze your family circumstances to help you demonstrate this before a judge.
Don’t settle for having your visitation denied; contact a lawyer at Westover Law Group for a free consultation today.
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