Grandparents’ Rights In Custody And Visitation
As is the case with family member rights in general, the rights of grandparents are also in flux. Not surprisingly, as family rights become more and more complicated in our society, grandparents are also beginning to understand that they, too, have rights that should be enforced with respect to the grandchildren they love.
At David G. Moore, Attorney at Law, we work hard to make the voices of our grandparent clients heard when it comes to their beloved grandchildren. Let us help you make your voice heard, too.
Visitation Rights And Legal Adoption
Most commonly, our clients come to our attorneys to learn about their rights as grandparents after the divorce or death of one of the birth parents, a death that typically leaves the son- or daughter-in-law as the sole parent. Whatever the situation that gives rise to the grandparents being denied family time with their grandchildren, we work diligently on our clients’ behalf to protect their rights.
Often, we protect our clients’ rights by seeking legal action to ensure that our clients can continue to play a significant role in the life of the grandchild. It is not unusual for an attorney at our firm to seek a court order to protect our clients’ rights as grandparents by framing the issue in terms of the grandchild’s best interests. It is, in fact, in the best interests of the grandchild to have a relationship with grandparents.
Also more common these days is an outright adoption of the grandchildren by the grandparents. Particularly where the birth parents are incapable for some reason of providing a safe environment for the child (or, in fact, refuse to provide for the child at all), grandparents who may already be caring for the child often understand that it is in the grandchild’s best interests to be adopted by the grandparents. This adoption then provides the grandparents with the legal rights necessary to protect and nurture their grandchild.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
To speak with a grandparents’ rights lawyer serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan, call our office at 269-216-4573. Alternatively, you can schedule a free initial consultation by contacting us online.