The majority of grandparents want to be involved in the lives of their grandkids. Most had great experiences raising their own kids and wish to continue being a source of support and unconditional love for their family.
If you’re being denied accessibility to your grandkids you may not have many options in the State of California. Grandparents have rights, but they are limited to certain circumstances. However, if you believe the parents are unfit, you may have other legal avenues to pursue. Consult a representative from Collaborative Practice San Diego to get more advice.
Fostering the Grandchild/Grandparent Relationship
The value of the relationship in between a youngster and her or his grandma or grandpa is incalculable. As a grandmother or grandfather, you offer not just encouragement and care, yet also the wisdom which comes from living a fulfilling and long life. Therefore, it goes without saying that both grandparents and grandchildren benefit from being a substantial presence in one another’s lives. But, when the bond between them is cut by a divorce, the outcome may be devastating emotionally.
While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that grandparents don’t have automatic visitation rights, you have options. You might visit your grandkids if you have the authority of at least one of the parents, yet, of course, that is at their discretion. If you want to see your grandchildren, your best course of action is to maintain a working relationship with you child, even if you don’t agree with their choices.
Granting Grandparent Custody in California
There are cases when grandparents are necessary for more than merely their unconditional love, unfortunately. If the welfare of the grandkids is being jeopardized by unfit parenting, you might see it as your job to step in. Common cases of unfit parenting involve:
- Parent who emotionally or physically abuses the youngster
- Parent who abuses alcohol or drugs and places the child at mental, emotional, or physical risk
- Parent who is mentally or physically unable to care for the youngster
In these cases, grandparents may well need to be involved in the divorce planning. Consult with your local Collaborative Divorce professional to see how to work out these difficult situations with the support of a Collaborative Divorce Team.
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