Los Angeles Grandparent's Rights Attorney
From the time a grandchild is born, many grandparents envision that their golden years will be happily spent with their grandchildren. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and today, grandparents' rights are a hotly debated topic. With the skyrocketing rates of divorce in recent years, there has been much litigation over grandparent's rights to visit and spend time with their grandchildren. As a direct result of this litigation, states have enacted laws and statutes allowing courts to enforce a grandparent's right to visitation under specific circumstances.
Under California Family Code §3103(a), a grandparent can request reasonable visitation rights to be ordered. This request can be made during a Dissolution of Marriage proceeding (divorce), separation, or nullity proceeding that involves the parents of the minor child(ren). Furthermore, in some instances, courts may order that a grandparent's rights to visitation be permitted despite any parental objections without cause. However, when seeking to enforce a grandparent's rights to visitation, it must be shown that there is just cause to overcome the parents' "prima-facie" right to uninterrupted custody.
The laws that govern grandparents' rights, however, do not give grandparents an absolute right to visitation with their grandchildren. As in all cases that involve child visitation and child custody, the primary factor is what is in the "best interests" of the child(ren). Grandparents have the burden to prove to the court that it is in the best interests of the child(ren) that they be allowed to visit with their grandchild(ren). Moreover, before courts will even consider enforcing a grandparent's rights to visitation, the grandparent must establish that he or she has a "standing" to seek visitation. This includes proving to the court that there is already a healthy bond between the grandparent(s) and the grandchild(ren). There are no hard and fast laws governing when circumstances exist that a grandparent's rights to visitation are to be allowed.; Every case is different and must be determined by the circumstances surrounding it.
Let and Expert Los Angeles Grandparent's Rights Attorney Help You
The laws governing a grandparent's rights to visitation are very broad and encompass a wide array of factors. It is prudent that grandparents have a knowledgeable and skilled Los Angeles grandparent's rights attorney on their side to help them through all of the complexities that they will face when seeking to enforce their rights. If you are a grandparent who is having difficulties visiting with your grandchildren without good cause, or have a grandchild who is being treated badly or even abused, let Los Angeles grandparent's rights attorney Sharman L. Brooks help you.
Los Angeles grandparent's rights lawyer Sharman L. Brooks specializes in third party visitation and custody matters. As a leading Los Angeles randparent's rights lawyer, Sharman L. Brooks has the expertise you need to insure that your rights to visitation and/or custody are enforced. For more information about your grandparent's rights, contact the Los Angeles Family Law Firm of Sharman L. Brooks today!
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