More grandparents raising grandchildren as their own

By |2022-04-04T16:55:20+00:0025 Sep 2016|Categories: Family Law|

More grandparents raising grandchildren as their own

If you have a grandchild, you no doubt want only the best for him or her. And you may even have very strong opinions about the manner in which that child is raised and educated. But typically, even if you feel the child’s parents are not doing quite the job you think they should, it is likely best to refrain from criticism. However, there are times where you as a grandparent may be one of the only people who can save the child if his or her parents are not capable of acting responsibly.

Sadly, our country is currently in the throes of an opiate epidemic. No single group of people is immune to the addictive powers of prescription painkillers; not even parents. And when a parent falls down the rabbit hole of addiction, it is often left to the grandparents to provide a home for the child.

But addiction is not the only reason grandparents end up acting as guardians; divorce, abandonment, neglect, abuse and parental death can also lead to a child being placed in a grandparent’s home. And such arrangements are not unusual. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 2.7 million children are being cared for by their grandparents.

Perhaps it was not in your plan to spend your retirement years being the primary caregiver to your grandchild, but circumstances have forced the issue. And if you believe that living with you is in your grandchild’s best interests, you will need to take some required legal steps. A California family law attorney can help you take the measures necessary to obtain legal custody of your grandchild.

Source: Fox Business, “More Grandparents Taking Role of ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’,” Casey Dowd, Sept. 9, 2016

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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