Grandparent Visitation Attorneys Helping Clients in Phoenix
A healthy relationship between a child and grandparent can have significant positive effects on the child’s academic, psychological, and social development. However, when disputes arise between parents, this often impacts the entire family dynamic, including these vital extended family relationships. Fortunately, the Arizona courts recognize that grandparents can play a pivotal role in the overall well-being and development of children. If you feel that one parent is preventing access to your grandchildren, you may have legal recourse. Furthermore, it may be possible to obtain custody of your grandchild in some cases. This is great news for children who will benefit from being in the loving home of their grandparents if their parents are not able to provide for their safety and wellbeing. You will want grandparents’ rights attorneys who understand this legal issue and who can help with seeking custody or any other rights you are being denied. Our legal team can help. Give us a call at 623-777-3909 to schedule a free consultation today.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have Under Arizona Law?
Relationships between children and their grandparents, or even great grandparents, can be an extremely valuable part of a child’s life. This is the case when a child’s parents have gone through a divorce or if one parent is deceased. Having consistent interaction with their grandparents brings stability and can help a child emotionally and psychologically. Even when parents object, there are times when the right to visit a child is protected under Arizona law. In cases where a grandparent or great-grandparent is being denied contact with a child, the court can intervene and establish a court-ordered plan for visitation between the grandparent and child.
Since the legal presumption is that a fit and appropriate parent will act in a child’s best interests, the court will give “special weight” to the parents’ opinion concerning visitation. However, in determining whether or not grandparent visitation is appropriate, the court must also consider many additional factors, including the historical relationship between the child and grandparent, the motivations of the parents and grandparents, how the requested visitation will impact the child’s activities, and the benefit in maintaining extended family relationships. Don’t let a legal battle get in the way of ensuring that you preserve the important connection between you and your grandchildren. Our talented family law attorneys can ensure that your rights as a grandparent are protected. Give us a call today.
How Do I File for Visitation Rights as a Grandparent?
The process of filing for grandparent visitation rights can be complicated, as it could potentially involve proving various facts about the parents and grandparents. This is also likely to take place after a divorce or death has occurred, adding to the stress of the situation. So, the first step that would be most helpful would be to contact a trusted attorney for help through this challenging legal process. Your grandparents’ rights attorney will first file a Petition for Grandparent Visitation. The court will then require: (a) that one of the child’s biological parents is deceased or has been missing for at least three months; or (b) that the child was born out of wedlock and the biological parents are not married at the time of filing, or (c) that the child’s parents have been divorced for at least three months.
If the court, after considering all of the relevant evidence and statutory factors, determines that grandparent visitation is in the child’s best interests, then a specific visitation plan will be put into place. Although the amount of visitation a grandparent receives can be somewhat limited, pursuing a specific order is often necessary to maintain extended family bonds.
The Sampair Group’s Arizona family law attorneys are ready and willing to help you with your case in preserving your grandparents’ rights to visit and possibly even take custody of your grandchildren. We’ll give you peace of mind as we take care of the legal aspects of your case, so reach out to us today for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.
What Other Factors may be Considered When Going Through a Case for Grandparents Rights?
The goal of the court will be to determine what situation is best for the children involved whenever any family law case comes up dealing with parental rights. The courts may decide to consider various characteristics of one or both parents in order to come up with the most beneficial solution. Some of the following are possible items that could come under consideration:
- Past relationship between the child and the grandparent seeking visitation rights
- Reason the requesting party is seeking visitation time
- Reason the parent objects to visitation by the grandparents
- How much visitation time is requested and whether this will negatively affect the grandchildren in their usual activities
- What advantages, if any, the visitation will have if one or both of the child’s parents are deceased
- Whether either of the parents is mentally ill
Many different factors can affect the outcome of a case involving disputes over who gets to spend time with children after a divorce or death. It can be overwhelming when dealing with a legal battle over grandparents’ rights on your own, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact our law office for help, as we are prepared to handle any family law cases that you are dealing with.
How Can Our Family Lawyers Help with Your Grandparents’ Rights Case?
As loving grandparents, you want what’s best for your grandchildren, and that means keeping a loving relationship with them. You can offer emotional and sometimes even financial support that can be critical as your grandchildren go through a divorce or the death of a parent. As you seek the right to spend time with your grandchild, look to our talented law firm for the knowledge and strength to stand by you in your grandparents’ rights case. The experienced family law attorneys at The Sampair Group represent individuals throughout the Valley with locations in Phoenix and Glendale, and we are ready to help your family during this trying time.
If you need legal representation in a family law dispute, The Sampair Group can help. Please feel free to call 623-777-3909 or send us an e-mail to schedule a FREE initial consultation.