Helping Grandparents Secure Visitation Rights
Custody and visitation issues often involve other relatives and even non-family members who have compelling reasons to ask a family law court for custody or visitation for children they care for, or wish to care for on a full-time or part-time basis. As with all child custody cases, a family law judge will consider the best interests of the child as well as the terms of state laws about child custody or visitation for grandparents, or other non-parents.
Sometimes a divorce, incarceration or unmarried parents’ situation stands in the way of the nurturing relationships that grandparents wish to build with their grandsons and granddaughters. At Medina, Mitchell, & Smith Law PC, we often help grandparents pursue visitation rights when natural family dynamics include roadblocks. Request a case review to learn about legal protections that may allow your relationship with your grandchild(ren) to flourish.
Is The Law On Your Family’s Side?
Many people recognize the special connection that often exists between grandparents and grandchildren. The uniqueness of the grandparent-grandchild connection is reflected in our state’s laws, as described below.
To summarize what Arizona Revised Statutes (in ARS §25-409) have to say about grandparents, grandchildren and visitation: Grandparents may petition the court for visitation rights in either of these situations
- Three months or longer have passed since a child’s parents have been divorced, or after one parent has been deceased or missing, and the grandparent is the parent of the noncustodial, deceased or missing parent.
- The parents of the child were never married to each other.
Medina, Mitchell, & Smith Law PC is a pro-family and pro-children law firm. Our attorneys stand with grandparents who want to protect their precious grandparent-grandchild relationships. We understand how special these family ties are. We are committed to helping you make the laws work for you and your grandchildren.
Grandmothers And Grandfathers Seeking Visitation In Arizona: We Can Help.
Explore your options and get a plan underway to petition a court for an appropriate legal status for your grandchild(ren)’s sake.
Complete our online form or call Medina, Mitchell, & Smith Law PC at 480-535-9818 to request a consultation with a lawyer serving grandparents and other extended family members in custody and visitation cases. Is guardianship a more appropriate solution for your family? We will advise you accordingly.