You may love your family, but sometimes being part of a family unit is
a messy business. Parents disapprove of their children and children disagree
with their parents. When these children are adults with children of their
own, however, things can get especially complicated if one or more of
the parents no longer wants the grandparents to have access to their children.
Interestingly, just because you are no longer seeing eye-to-eye with your
own child or his or her partner doesn't automatically mean that you
will never see your grandchild again. In fact, almost all states allow
some type of visitation rights. Each state typically has its own laws,
however, and in Arizona there are some fairly specific guidelines that
must be met for a grandparent to legally have visitation rights.
-- The union between the two parents must be dissolved for at least three months.
-- One of the parents must be deceased.
-- One parent must be legally declared missing for at least three months.
-- The child must have been born out of wedlock.
Despite these guidelines, the court will always attempt to work toward
the best interests of the child. The court will consider the reason the
parent wants to deny visitation to the grandparents. They will also look
at the long-term relationship that is between the child and the grandparent
along with whether the visitation will affect the child's usual activities.
Individuals who are facing
family law issues involving their children and a grandchild may find it beneficial to discuss
their case with an experienced Arizona family law attorney.
Source: About Parenting, "Arizona Grandparents' Rights" Susan Adcox, Jan. 07, 2015