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Grandparent Rights in California

Grandparents often share a special bond with their grandchildren. But, there are times when this bond is hard to maintain because of family issues. A death in the family, a strained relationship, or moving away can take that bond away from grandparents.

California provides help to grandparents who find themselves cut out of the grandchildren's lives. If you're a grandparent who needs to establish visitation rights to see your grandchild, contact Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C.

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"We, like many people, are not familiar with navigating the court system, the law and our rights as a parent and grandparents...They have put our family at ease during this difficult time."

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Visitation with Grandchildren in San Diego

Grandparents DO NOT automatically have visitation rights with their grandchildren.

The law assumes that a parent's wish to keep the child away from a grandparent is legitimate. The grandparent must show that such visitation would benefit the child.

Grandparents can petition for child visitation rights in the following circumstances:

  • Parents are separated
  • Parent's location is unknown
  • Child doesn't live with either parent
  • Child was adopted by a stepparent

In general, grandparents CANNOT file for child visitation rights if the parents are married. If one parent has lost legal rights to the child as a result of stepparent adoption, California grandparents still have visitation rights, but they need to petition for visitation.

There are also times when a Grandparent may wish to fight for custodial rights if parents are incapable of caring for their children, are incarcerated, or have passed away without leaving behind a custody plan.

No matter your situation, a San Diego family law attorney at Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. can help.

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Common Questions About Grandparent Visitation Rights in San Diego

What if my grandchild moves away from California?

What happens if my adult child dies?

What if my grandchild is adopted?

Can I be awarded custody of my grandchild?

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Certified Family Law Specialist Assisting Grandparents in Southern California

Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. fights to protect the rights of grandparents trying to keep a relationship with their grandchildren (including through third-party visitation). With one call to our office, we can get the facts of your case and determine what your next steps should be.

In these situations, we make sure cases progresses quickly. We can file for immediate visitation and get your relationship with your grandchildren back where it should be. Navigating the legal process is overwhelming for many grandparents, but help is available.

As a certified family law expert, Thomas Huguenor has handled many San Diego grandparents' rights cases. Don't risk the well-being of your grandchild to a less experienced attorney. Contact Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. today at (858) 458-9500 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Additional Information

(858) 458-9500

Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C.
11455 El Camino Real, Suite 470
San Diego, California 92130
Office: (858) 458-9500
Fax: (858) 630-2341

Our Firm Services The Following California Areas:
San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach.

Certified family law specialist by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization.

Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. is a San Diego, California firm practicing exclusively in the area of domestic relations law. We handle a wide range of matters including divorce, child custody, and child support. Whatever your situation we can be of assistance. Feel free to contact us today.

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