Divorce is increasing in the United States, including in Arizona. In fact, some statistics say that the national divorce rate has reached almost 50 percent. With the disintegration of families, children often suffer in the process. Hence, there is a need for grandparents to play a more significant role in the family. For example, there is the case of two grandparents who love their grandchildren very much.
Divorce and issues relating to child support and child custody are not new issues; they have existed for decades and many family law attorneys are very familiar with the laws and possible resolutions. However, there are some issues related to child custody that are not as commonly discussed but that nevertheless are very important to those people experiencing them. One of those lesser-discussed issues is grandparent visitation.
When parents divorce, it's not always the immediate family that's affected. Sometimes, the grandparents of the children are impacted also. Grandparents may wonder if they will still be allowed to see the children after the divorce, or if access to the children will be limited. This may be a particular concern if the relationship between the grandparents and a parent is strained. Luckily, Arizona law allows for grandparents to have visitation rights in certain circumstances.
One of the most polarizing aspects of a child custody dispute in Arizona might have to do with a grandparent who wants custody of a child. This scenario can be for a multitude of reasons and is happening more frequently than ever. In some circumstances, the parents are not deemed fit to care for the children. In others, there is a personal issue for which the grandparent has to step in and care for the child. Sometimes, the biological parents are amenable to grandparent custody. Grandparents need to understand the facts when they're trying to exercise grandparent visitation or have custody outright.