San Diego Grandparent Rights Attorneys
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.
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.
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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