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Grandparents' Rights Archives

For grandparents, what is the importance of "in loco parentis"?

Arizona law recognizes that, sometimes, children are raised by their grandparents or other relatives who are not their biological parents. In these sorts of situations, it may not be possible or prudent, for a variety of reasons, for grandparents to immediately run out and get a court order for grandparent custody, via a guardianship. As such, grandparents often raise their grandchildren without any legal authority whatsoever, at least until the child's parent is ready to resume his or her responsibilities.

Why is it so hard for grandparents to get custody?

Previous posts on this blog have talked about how it is hard, although not impossible, for grandparents to get custody of their grandchildren when the child's parents are in the picture, even if the parents are not the best mother and father for the child.

What sort of evidence do I need for grandparents visitation?

Previous posts on this blog have discussed what Arizona law requires of Phoenix grandparents who want to have court-ordered visits with their grandchildren. To summarize, Arizona law makes it hard, but not impossible, for grandparents to have sanctioned visits with their grandkids even when the children's parents do not approve of the visits.

The way Arizona grandparents can get custody

Many grandparents who live in Phoenix, Arizona, may have some or even all of their grandchildren living with them and under their care. While sometimes the parents of the grandchildren are also in the home, there are other times in which the parents are absent, and the grandparents have no legal authority to take care of their grandchildren in even basic affairs like education or medical care.

We help grandparents connect with their grandchildren

A previous post on this blog reminded Phoenix, Arizona, grandparents that getting court-ordered visitation of the grandchildren is an uphill battle. It is true that parents have special privileges to control who sees their children and when, even when it comes to their children's own grandparents.

We can help grandparents raising grandchildren

A previous post on this blog reported that many children in the Phoenix area currently live with their grandparents. Oftentimes, this arrangement is not handled through Arizona's child welfare system, which means the grandparents may at some point need to advocate for their legal rights to continue to raise or to at least have frequent visits with their grandchildren.

What will courts consider before awarding grandparent visitation?

Previous posts on this blog have discussed how, unfortunately, it can be difficult for grandparents to get court-ordered visitation in Arizona, even though Phoenix is known for a having a significant number of retirees, many of whom are grandparents and probably want to have a relationship with their child.

Lots of Arizona children live with their grandparents

Even several years ago, many children in Arizona and across the country wound up living with their grandparents for a number of reasons. While some of these children were placed with their grandparents as part of the state's child welfare system, many others lived with grandparents without the state's intervention, either with or without their parents also being in the home.

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.