Grandparents play vital role in grandchildren’s custody

By |2022-04-04T17:00:11+00:0006 Jun 2014|Categories: Custody, Family Law, Family Law Issues, Grandparent's Rights|

Grandparents play vital role in grandchildren’s custody

Family law issues such as grandparents’ rights are often ignored by California residents without even realizing the importance of grandparents in their children’s lives. Even though the Supreme Court recently indicated that only divorcing parents are capable of making decisions about their children’s custody, grandparent’s rights can still be exercised under unique circumstances, especially during transitions.

During divorce and other family law issues, grandparents are often put in difficult situations where they are prevented from seeing their grandchildren. Divorcing parents need to understand that their children need their grandparents’ wisdom during the most difficult part of their lives. Even if the grandparents are barred from seeing their grandchildren, they can still communicate with their grandchildren through social media sites and text messaging.

For grandparents, it is important to be there for their grandchildren when they need them most. Grandparents can learn about their grandchildren by engaging in different activities such as strolling in the park, reading books with them and other activities. Grandparents may also talk about their experiences with their grandchildren. The conversation should be based on the grandchildren’s age to ensure that they will learn a lot from their elderly loved ones.

Grandparents should not take sides. Although this may be difficult, it is important for grandparents to remain neutral to prevent hurting their grandchildren who are caught in the middle of a divorce. When it comes to grandchildren born out of wedlock, grandparents can also step up and take care of the children if both parents are unfit to raise their kids. Grandparents may exercise their rights and seek the custody of the children if their parents have a history of mental illness or criminal conviction.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Grandparenting children of divorce,” Risa Garon, May 22, 2014

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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