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California Grandparent Rights

As a grandparent, chances are you have formed significant bonds with your grandchildren and may have even become the primary caretaker for them. If this is the case, you have rights that you should be aware of regarding custody and/or visitation. At the Law Office of George Gedulin, we want to help you understand your rights as grandparents and protect the best interests of your grandchildren. Whether you are a primary caretaker or you simply would like to ensure that you are in their lives, we highly recommend that you have a skilled San Diego grandparent rights attorney on your side. Let our family lawyers strive to defend your rights.

For an aggressive and compassionate grandparent rights lawyer in San Diego, contact the Law Office of George Gedulin at (858) 281-4605. We want to fight to protect the best interests of your grandchildren. 

Grandparent Visitation Rights California

In California, a grandparent may request reasonable visitation with their grandchildren under certain circumstances. For a grandparent to be granted visitation rights, they must prove to the court that there was a pre-existing bond with the grandchild(ren) and that it is in the grandchild’s best interest to maintain that bond.

Further, the court must be able to strike a balance in the best interest of the child without interfering too much with the rights of the parents. If the child’s parents are married, more often than not, the grandparent may not be able to file for visitation.

If the child’s parents are married, the grandparents may only be able to file for visitation if one or more the following conditions exist:

  • The child’s parents are not living together
  • One of the parent’s whereabouts is unknown
  • One of the parents supports the grandparent’s visitation file
  • The child is not living with either of their parents
  • A stepparent has adopted the child

How to File for Visitation With Your Grandchildren

To be granted visitation of your grandchildren, you must file a petition with the court. This process can be quite tricky depending on the circumstances. If your grandchild is already involved in a custody case with their parents, you would then need to file for visitation under the existing case. If there are no existing cases, you would need to start your own petition with the court. This process can be confusing, as there are not any official court forms specifically for grandparents requesting visitation in California. Because of the complicated processes involved, we recommend hiring a lawyer who will be by your side every step of the way to guide you.

Following Your Court Hearing

If a judge decides to order visitation rights for you as a grandparent, there is still work to be done in order for the decision to be upheld. To finalize the judge’s decision, they must sign a court order. As the person who requested the hearing, it is your responsibility to ensure that the court order is prepared for the judge; however, if you have one of our San Diego grandparent rights attorneys on your side, we can take care of that process for you.

Advocating for Your Grandparent Visitation Rights California

We know how important it is to you to keep your grandchildren in your life. With so much at stake, we urge you to hire an experienced San Diego grandparent rights lawyer from the Law Office of George Gedulin. Our dedicated family law team in San Diego is here to help you understand your rights and fight for the best interest of your family. With us, you can rest easy knowing that we will work tirelessly as we strive for success. Every one of our clients is met with compassion, as we understand the emotional stakes at hand. Your attorney will work one-on-one with you throughout the whole case so you are always aware of where you are in the process and what your rights are. Let us help you increase your chances of success.

The San Diego grandparent rights attorneys at the Law Office of George Gedulin want to help you protect your rights as a grandparent. Call us today at (858) 281-4605 for a consultation. 

Commonly Asked Questions

How Can a Grandparent File for Visitation Rights in California?

To file for visitation rights in California, a grandparent must petition the court. If there is an existing custody case involving the grandchild, the grandparent must file under that case. If no case exists, the grandparent must start a new petition. The process can be complex, and there are no official forms specifically for grandparents, which is why it's recommended to work with a knowledgeable attorney. Our San Diego grandparents rights lawyers can guide you through the process with tailored advice. Don't hesitate to reach out to our firm.

What Conditions Allow a Grandparent to File for Visitation in California When the Child's Parents Are Married?

In California, grandparents may file for visitation with their grandchildren even if the parents are married, provided certain conditions are met. These include situations where the parents are living separately, one parent's whereabouts are unknown, one parent agrees to the grandparent's visitation, the child is not living with either parent, or a stepparent has adopted the child.

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