Grandparents play an important role in a child’s life. Due to a number of circumstances, grandparents sometimes need the assistance of a family law attorney in order to be involved in their grandchild’s life. This could be due to fallout from a contentious divorce that left the parties continually feuding or looking to hurt the other.
In some situations, grandparents have provided all childcare and have been the de facto parents to the grandchild for months or years. This could be due to an inability or unwillingness of the child’s parents to provide childcare on a day to day basis. In such a circumstance, the well-meaning and caring grandparents can find themselves in a difficult position when it comes to insurance coverage, school registration, medical care, and other matters. It is important that the actual relationship be legally recognized. Grandparents, by agreement or Court Order, can be awarded majority parenting time and decision-making. Certain conditions such as physical custody of the child at the time of filing must be met to pursue this option.
If you are a grandparent with questions regarding your relationship with your grandchild, please give us a call to schedule an appointment.