Grandparents and Caretakers Rights

grandparentsAt the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman, our Scottsdale family attorneys have helped many clients reunite with their family members. While it is a wonderful feeling to reunite with loved ones, many don’t know they have the opportunity. Grandparents, stepparents, and other caretakers often form deep and loving attachments with the children in their lives, but sometimes death, divorce, or estrangements can separate families. These caretakers find themselves without any legal right to maintain contact with the children they love.

 

All states in the U.S. have some type of grandparent visitation statute that allows grandparents (and sometimes other caretakers) to ask a court to grant them the legal right to maintain their relationships with their grandchildren. While there are definitely certain limitations to visitation rights, it is important to know your options and legal rights.

 

Grandparents who face parental resistance to contact their grandchildren might consider a mediation session with the children’s parents. A neutral third party can help all of you establish a legally binding visitation agreement that everyone can respect.

 

If your grandparent visitation rights are not being respected by parental restrictions, a mediator and family lawyer in AZ can help you understand your situation and may be able to help you exercise your rights. Click here or call us today at (480) 209-1918 for a consultation.