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Grandparents’ Legal Rights – Are Yours Protected?

It is unfortunate in today’s society that there many families where grandparents are unable to see their grandchildren. The case may be as innocent as families who live for away from each other in distance or it may be as difficult as an adult parent not getting along with their own parents and therefore not allowing their child or children to see their grandparents. This often happens in the case of divorce and is quite a difficult situation for all involved.

The good news for the grandparents is that they have legal rights to see their grandchildren and if they choose to they can pursue legal help in an effort to exercise those rights. The first step for grandparents is to begin to research what their legal rights are, as this can vary from state to state. This may be especially difficult if your grandchild resides in a different state they you currently do.

Next you must determine if there is any legal reasons that you may pursue more than just grandparent visitation rights, are the circumstances there where you should take the next step and pursue grandparent custody? There is much to be considered at this step, including: Is the parent abusing drugs or alcohol? Is the child frequently left alone? Is abuse suspected? Is the parent dealing with mental or emotional issues?

All of these things must be taken into consideration before further pursuing any legal action regarding custody. Sadly, the laws are strict and the process which a grandparent must go through in order to protect their grandchild can be lengthy and both financially and emotionally taxing on all parties involved.

It is important above all to seek proper legal advice. Every case is determined on a case by case basis, therefore you must pursue your rights through the proper channels in order to be taken seriously and for the results to ultimately end in your favor.

Take some time to evaluate your situation, attempting to remove your emotions from it, before moving forward, be sure to recognize what is and isn’t healthy for the child or children involved and then go forward taking the legal actions that may be necessary to establish the best situation and living arrangements for the child or children involved.

As a grandparent, you want what is best for your grandchildren and that is what you must remember as you engage yourself in this often long and discouraging road of obtaining legal rights to either visit or obtain custody of your grandchild. Grandparents legal rights are being put into place in most states.

I hope you never have this problem but if you do be sure and search out your options. I hope that you found this information helpful and you can find must more at Grandparents Legal Rights I wish you all the best. Good luck with your grandchildren.

Jacquelyn Dunn

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