Generally the legal parents of a child have the right to determine who their children see and when. This can lead to a situation where a child’s grandparents do not get to spend as much time with the child as the grandparents would like. In the unique situation when the grandparent’s child has become unavailable and has no custodial rights, the grandparents may be able to obtain visitation orders from the Court.
The issue of grandparent visitation is a complicated one requiring a deft touch and skilled negotiations to obtain a positive outcome.
In cases where neither legal parent is able to care for the children it may be possible for the grandparents to gain custody of the minor children. This may be done through a family law proceeding or through a guardianship proceeding depending on the length of time for which the parents are expected to be unable to care for the minor children.
To find out more about grandparent visitation issues and to schedule a free one hour consultation please Contact The Law Office of Matthew J. Rudy.