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Grandparents Rights to Visitation

Paula Lock Smyth Law Offices
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grandparents rights to visitation

In recent years, the issue of Grandparent's rights to visitation in divorce has come to the forefront. Sadly, what will often happen in divorce are the parents of the non-custodial parent end up cut off from their grandchildren. This may be especially true if the grandparents and grandchildren live a far distance from each other.

Grandparent's rights have become a controversial issue. On the one hand why should grandchildren be denied time with a grandparent because their parents no longer live together or are getting a divorce? Conversely, at what point does the intervention of the courts infringe upon a person's civil liberties?

grandparents right to child visititation

People going through a divorce often feel that they have little or no control over their lives anymore. It seems the court system takes over their life, telling them how to live, where to live, how much money to live on and on.

VISITATION

Exactly what is visitation? To put it into its simplest form, visitation is when the court sets a specific schedule for a person to have access to the child. In other words in the case of grandparent's visitation the court will order that the children be made available to the grandparent on specific day for a specified amount of time.

Unfortunately, just because a grandparent is being denied access to their grandchild does not necessarily mean they will qualify for court ordered visitation. Grandparent visitation is governed by statute and case law, and each state has their own laws.

During a divorce, communications between all the parties often breaks down. Every effort within reason should be made to have time with the grandchild before court papers are filed. Mediation is one option available before filing papers. Filing in the courts for visitation should be the last resort.

The requirements for court ordered visitation vary by state. In most, but not all states, if the grandchild's parents are still married the grandparents are not entitled to visitation. Depending upon the state, the following situations may give rise to grandparent visitation:

  • Pending divorce
  • Parents already divorced
  • Parent deceased
  • Child born out of wedlock

As you can see, this is a complicated issue. If you are a grandparent that is being denied time, without good reason, you have a big decision to make. Once the decision to pursue visitation the next step is to find a professional that specializes in third party custody and visitation.

The following attorneys handle Grandparents Rights to Visitation cases.
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Georgia
Alpharetta
  Meriwether & Tharp LLC     (678) 879-9000 Visit Web Site  
Kansas
Kansas City
  Richard T. Bryant & Associates     (816) 221-9000 Visit Web Site  
Louisiana
Abita Springs
  Ladouceur and Ladouceur, L.L.C     (985) 898-2131 Visit Web Site  
Maine
Brunswick
  Law Offices of Nancy L. Morin, LLC     (207) 319-7450 Visit Web Site  
Maryland
Rockville
  Meiselman & Helfant, LLC     (301) 279-8840 Visit Web Site  
Massachusetts
Dedham
  Alan J. Pransky, Attorney at Law     (781) 329-2923 Visit Web Site  
Hingham
  The Law Office of Judith R. Kaplan     (781) 923-1680 Visit Web Site  
Wellesley
  Fields and Dennis LLP     (781) 489-6776 Visit Web Site  
Arizona
Phoenix
  R.J. Peters & Associates PC     (602) 254-7251 Visit Web Site  
California
Calabasas
  Feinberg & Waller, APC     (818) 905-1600 Visit Web Site  
Los Angeles
  Claery & Green, LLP     (310) 817-6904 Visit Web Site  
San Diego
  Wilkinson & Finkbeiner     (619) 284-4113 Visit Web Site  
Colorado
Colorado Springs
  Black & Graham, LLC     (719) 328-1616 Visit Web Site  
Connecticut
Bridgeport
  The Brienes Law Firm     (203) 373-1381 Visit Web Site  
Florida
Clearwater
  The Divorce Center     (800) 469-3486 Visit Web Site  
Orlando
  Katz & Phillips, P.A.     (321) 332-6864 Visit Web Site  
Missouri
Kansas City
  Richard T. Bryant & Associates     (816) 221-9000 Visit Web Site  
Nevada
Las Vegas
  Hanratty Law Group     (702) 821-1379 Visit Web Site  
  Webster & Associates     (702) 562-2300 Visit Web Site  
  Right Lawyers     (702) 914-0400 Visit Web Site  
New Jersey
Clinton
  Divorce with Dignity Mediation Services     (201) 217-1090 Visit Web Site  
Linwood
  Mayro & Mayro, Attorneys at Law     (609) 601-2360 Visit Web Site  
Metuchen
  Armour Law Firm     (732) 276-9499 Visit Web Site  
Mount Holly
  Musulin Law Firm     (609) 267-0070 Visit Web Site  
Roseland
  Fox Rothschild, LLP     (973) 994-7501 Visit Web Site  
Shrewsbury
  The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC     (732) 741-9900 Visit Web Site  
New York
Great Neck
  Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.     (516) 773-8300 Visit Web Site  
Lake Success
  Law Office of Barton R. Resnicoff     (516) 829-2940  
Mineola
  The Law Offices of Scupp & Berman, LLP     (516) 683-1990 Visit Web Site  
New York
  Eiges & Orgel, PLLC     (212) 766-6300 Visit Web Site  
Ohio
Canton
  The Rufo Law Firm     (330) 456-8389 Visit Web Site  
Cincinnati
  LMH Law Office, LLC     (513) 632-5317 Visit Web Site  
Oregon
Portland
  Kramer & Associates     (503) 243-2733 Visit Web Site  
Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
  Notaro Gordon & Associates, P.C.     (412) 281-1988 Visit Web Site  
Rhode Island
East Providence
  Slepkow Slepkow & Associates     (401) 437-1100 Visit Web Site  
Texas
Austin
  Eric M. Willie, P.C.     (512) 478-0834 Visit Web Site  
Dallas
  Law Office of Michael P. Granata     (214) 977-9050 Visit Web Site  
  Paula Lock Smyth Law Offices     (214) 420-1800 Visit Web Site  
Houston
  John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C.     (713) 877-8800 Visit Web Site  
  The Banieh Law Firm PLLC     (281) 788-8480 Visit Web Site  
Virginia
Fairfax
  Livesay & Myers, P.C.     (703) 865-4746 Visit Web Site  

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