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Grandparents' Rights Archives

What requirements are necessary to award grandparent custody?

Divorce brings with it many challenges. And for some divorcing parents, extended family members might contribute to the divorce issues that they experience. In some difficult situations, divorcing parents might be faced with custody or visitation motions filed by their parents. Because grandparent rights are recognized in all states, some Arizona parents going through divorce could lose primary custody of their child if a grandparent seeks custody of a grandchild.

What are grandparents' rights like in Arizona?

It is not uncommon for grandparents in Arizona to take on a significant role in their grandchild's life. Even though grandparents are often afforded much time with their grandchildren, this is not always the case when major life events occur. Divorce has the tendency to contemplate the relationships everyone has with extended family members, thereby causing some grandparents to invoke their rights.

Understanding visitation rights of grandparents

Divorce is a life event that complicates the lives of many Arizona residents. While the dissolution process tends to impact the spouses involved, it has the tendency to greatly affect the lives of the children involved as well. Some messy or complex divorces have the propensity to impact more than just the spouses an their children. In some cases, the parents of the divorced spouses could be affected as well. This could lead to disputes surrounding the relationship between a grandparent and their grandchildren.

Death of a parent may serve as a basis for grandparents' rights

While a child loses a parent to death it can create a void in his young life. Arizona children who have had to endure this unbearable hardship may have also experienced the sometimes intentional but often resulting loss of connection with their deceased parents' extended family members as well. In some situations, a child may grow apart from this deceased biological parent's parents after the passing of time.

Grandparents may seek more time with grandkids in the New Year

Many grandparents covet the time that they get to spend with their grandchildren. Though being a grandparent is not always an easy job as they often have to walk a difficult line between respecting the rules set by the kids' parents and maintaining loving contact with the youths, most Arizona grandparents look forward to the days that they get to spend with their children's kids. Unfortunately, though, not all grandparents are afforded adequate opportunities to see the young people that they so love.

Have you been denied visitation with your grandchildren?

It is an unfortunate truth that the acrimony that leads two married people to divorce can also spill over into their other relationships. Often a person who chooses to end her marriage may not only want to sever ties with her husband but also with all of her husband's friends and relatives. Although it may be necessary, a complete split be incredibly difficult when children are involved.

Factors an Arizona court will look at for grandparent visitation

There is no guarantee that a Phoenix grandparent who desires to secure visitation time with his or her grandchild will be legally permitted to do so. This is because visitation matters are addressed on a case-by-case basis and evaluated based on their specific facts. Under Arizona law, however, there are a number of factors that a court will evaluate as it determines if visitation is appropriate between the grandparent and child.

Do my ex's parents have visitation rights to my kids?

Many children thrive when they are supported by family members who love them. In Arizona, some children experience the regular care and compassion of not only their mothers and fathers but also their aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Extended family members can form strong bonds with their younger relatives, but when divorce pulls the two sides of a nuclear family apart, their extended relations can be left struggling to maintain their connections to loved nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

Biological grandparents may have visitation rights

Children often experience emotional hardships when their parents choose to divorce. Though divorce is sometimes a necessary path for the adults bound to the failing relationship, it can create strain between kids, their parents, and other relatives who are involved in their lives. Particularly, biological grandparents can see their relationships with their grandchildren suffer when their child's marriage ends in divorce.

Can grandparents ever get custody of their grandkids?

Some Arizona children have two parents who are committed to each other and to raising their kids as a couple. Other children have two parents who choose not to remain in relationships, but who nevertheless remain united in their desires to raise their kids. Still other kids may live with only one parent and have no contact with the others. A final group of children may not have any contact with either of their actual parents.