Exploring Grandparents Rights – Do You Have Visitation Now?

It may be good news for those grandparents who are fighting for their grandparents rights. Over the last few years, with the number of divorces rising and families breaking up, grandparents have found they have been left out of the picture. But there are new agencies and organizations working to build awareness for grandparents all … Continue reading “Exploring Grandparents Rights – Do You Have Visitation Now?”

It may be good news for those grandparents who are fighting for their grandparents rights. Over the last few years, with the number of divorces rising and families breaking up, grandparents have found they have been left out of the picture. But there are new agencies and organizations working to build awareness for grandparents all around the country. There are many reasons why grandparents rights may be ignored when it comes to visitation with their grandchildren. With the new laws being placed into effect, grandparents will not have such a burden fighting for their grandparents rights or grandparents custody rights anymore.

It is a special bond that is created between grandchildren and their grandparents. Children feel more at ease around their grandparents. Often times they will open up to them if there is abuse or problems in their lives they can not tell their parents about. Grandparents can share more life experiences with them that their parents have yet to learn. With the break up of a family, grandchildren need something stable they can hold onto. Being able to spend time with their grandparents in a safe, secure and loving environment away from the upheaval of daily life, is beneficial for their psychological and emotional well being.

If you find you are a grandparent who is struggling to win visitation rights, there are places that can help you build your case. If you have built a bond over time with your grandchildren and then find one day that you are forbidden to see them, you do have grandparents rights. You should at first try to communicate with the custodial parent before going to court. Have them address their fears. Many times it is not that they think you will be a bad influence on their children, often it could be just a concern that you will talk ill will of them and harm the relationship they have with their children. If you can allow them to set some guidelines down, even if it has to go so far as having supervised visits for awhile, this will ensure that you will be able to spend more quality time with your grandchildren. Every state has their own set of laws pertaining to grandparents rights when it comes to visitation.

Where some counties may be more lenient, other counties can seem like grandparents are nothing more than strangers in their grandchildrens’ lives. One law dictates that if you have not previously lived with and shared in the responsibility of watching your grandchildren on a regular basis or better known as “de facto” you have no rights stronger than if you were just a stranger. This does not seem fair to those grandparents who have been visiting their grandchildren once a week steadily. As time progresses, and the demand for better laws to protect grandparents rights prevails, grandparents will soon find that they will be granted that special time to bond with their beloved grandchildren as often as they would like.