Grandchildren are a joy in the lives of their grandparents, but not all grandparents are able to spend time with their beloved grandchildren due to circumstances surrounding the lives and relationships of the children's parents. For example, when a child is born to unmarried parents, their grandparents may become disassociated from them if the child's parents' relationship ends. In cases where children's parents are not married, grandparents may have options for seeking visitation with the kids.
Adoption is a legal practice that allows an adult to become the legal parent of a child for whom they did not biologically create. Individuals in Arizona may choose to adopt children from the foster care system or from private adoption agencies. Some even choose to look overseas to expand their families. When a child is adopted, their biological parents' rights to them are severed and the child becomes the legal responsibility of the adoptive parents.
This blog has talked about how Phoenix grandparents, in the right circumstances, can get a court order that requires their grandchildren's caregivers, usually a parent, to allow visits with the grandchildren. Getting this order is an important first step in securing grandparents visitation, but what happens if the parent simply chooses to ignore the order?
Although this blog has discussed it before, it may be helpful to Phoenix grandparents to have a refresher on what their visitation rights are under Arizona law.
This blog has on previous occasions talked about how Arizona has a law that, in some circumstances, allows grandparents to obtain a court order requiring that they get to visit their grandchildren from time to time.
It is not secret that across the country, more and more children are living with and being raised by their grandparents. Across the country, according to numbers reported by one agency of another state, there are now over 5.5 million children who are under the age of 18 and living with their grandparents full time. This number marks a huge increase over the past generation, and there is no sign of this trend slowing down or reversing.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, concerned grandparents who have grandkids that need care and loving support can obtain the legal authority they need to so provide in certain circumstances.
A previous post here discussed what grandparents can do if their own adult child dies and leaves behind children. Generally speaking, the grandparents need to rely on Arizona's Grandparent Visitation Statue to get court-ordered visits with grandchildren, and getting custody would usually be reserved to special circumstances.
Even if it happens when one's child has reached adulthood, one of the saddest things a Phoenix, Arizona, parent may have to go through in their lives is the death of their children. Sadly, a grandparent can lose their adult child to an accident or an illness that set on relatively early in life. It can only make it more difficult if the child who dies has children of his or her own with whom the grandparents have developed a bond. The other parent may not have gotten along with the family, or even the child's parent, and thus may not want the grandparents to see the grandchildren now that the other parent has died. This situation can occur even in what seemed like a healthy relationship, as the grief of losing someone, a spouse or a significant other, can cause another person to behave in ways one would not expect.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, while it may be difficult for grandparents to get custody of their grandchildren as a matter of routine, grandparent custody may be an option in Arizona when it appears that the grandchildren have been abused or neglected.