What Are a Parent’s Rights When it Comes to Grandparent Visitation?
What Are Grandparent Visitation Rights?
Grandparent visitation rights refer to the legal right of a grandparent or other relative to spend time with their grandchild. Under the law, grandparents do not have any automatic right to see their grandchildren unless they have been granted this right by a court order. Generally, courts will consider factors such as the age of the child, the relationship between each parent and the grandparent, and any potential risks associated with allowing visitation before deciding on granting visitation rights.
When Can Parents Legally Keep Grandchildren Away from Grandparents?
Parents can generally deny visitation rights if both parents agree that it is in the best interests of their children. However, even if both parents agree on this decision, they should still consult an attorney before taking any action as there may be legal implications involved. If one parent does not agree with denying visitation rights then they can file a petition with the court requesting that grandparent visitation be granted. The court will then assess whether granting visitation would be in the best interests of the child and make a decision based on this assessment.
It is also possible for parents to deny grandparents access if they have had their parental rights terminated due to criminal convictions or other bad behavior such as substance abuse or domestic violence. In these cases, courts are likely to side with parents who wish to protect their children from potential harm caused by these individuals and grant them full custody over their children’s lives.
What Other Factors Should Parents Consider Before Denying Visitation Rights?
Even if you believe it is in your child’s best interests for its grandparents not to visit them there are often wider implications at play which must be taken into account before taking any action.. It is important for both parties involved in this process (the petitioner and respondent) to provide evidence supporting why granting or denying grandparent visitation would be beneficial for their children’s wellbeing before any decisions are made by judges presiding over these cases.. Additionally, denying access could have long-term consequences on all parties involved as relationships between families can become strained as a result.. Therefore, it is important that all decisions relating to this issue are carefully considered taking all aspects into account so that no lasting damage is done..
At Aspire Family Mediation we understand how difficult these decisions can be which is why we offer our services free-of-charge so you can get impartial advice from experienced professionals who understand family dynamics better than anyone else.. We believe every family deserves respect and understanding during times like these which is why we strive hard every day towards helping families find common ground through mediation rather than resorting straight away towards more extreme measures such as litigation.. Contact us today if you need help navigating through difficult conversations involving matters like grandparent visits!
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