Tempe Grandparent Rights Attorney
Protecting the Rights of Grandparents in Arizona
When there is a death or divorce or relocation of a parent, grandparents
may be suddenly or gradually cut off from their grandchildren. This is
not only heartbreaking for grandparents, but often traumatic or damaging
to the child. There is no automatic right to grandparent visitation, but
Arizona law does provide grandparents and great-grandparents an opportunity
to make their case for regularly scheduled visits with the child in order
to build a bond.
Arizona Family Law Attorneys, in Tempe can evaluate your situation and assert your grandparents'
rights. We handle family law matters in Tempe, Phoenix, and sometimes
out of state. We wish to help you maintain close ties with your grandchild.
How Grandparent Visitation is Determined
If the parents are married or living together and do not want grandma or
grandpa involved with their child, the courts have consistently honored
the parents' authority to refuse access to the child.
Petitions for grandparent visitation usually arise when there has been
regular interaction in the past, but something has changed and grandparents
are abruptly denied access to their grandkids.
The court will consider the following factors:
- The grandparents' historical relationship with the child
- The motivation for seeking grandparent visitation
- The motives of the parent who is denying visitation
- The amount of time requested and how it would impact the child's life
- The benefit of maintaining a relationship with the extended family if one
or both of the child's parents have died
Arizona's statute allows grandparents to petition for visitation if
the parents have been divorced for three months, one parent has been deceased
or missing for three months, or if the child was born out of wedlock.
Grandparent requests are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on
the best interests of the grandchild.
Wish to assert your grandparent visitation rights? Call our Tempe family
Our experienced Tempe family law attorneys will help you put your best
foot forward to convince the court that you deserve to see your grandchild
again and that it would be positive for the child to maintain those ties.
We will fight for you in contested court proceedings or negotiate on your
behalf to arrange a formal visitation schedule. Our Phoenix family law
lawyers have also represented grandparents in petitions for guardianship
of a grandchild who has been orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected.