When the parents of your grandchildren are no longer together, you might be concerned how this will affect your rights as a grandparent. An experienced Vigo County grandparent’s rights attorney can help.
Regardless of how the relationship between your grandchildren’s parents dissolved, what matters most is that you are still able to spend quality time with your grandchildren. This can be a challenge once their parents have separated.
Both you and your grandchildren shouldn’t have to suffer when a situation like this arises. Fortunately, you might have legal rights to visitation with them. A qualified Vigo County grandparent’s rights lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm will do whatever it takes to make sure you get to be a part of your grandchildren’s lives.
What Are Your Rights as a Grandparent?
First, your attorney needs to ascertain what rights you have to your grandchildren, if any. If the children’s parents are still married, you won’t have any legal visitation rights to your grandchildren, as the courts expect that parents will always act in their children’s best interests. This includes the decision to allow you to spend time with their children.
When the parents are divorced, or if they never were, you do have the right to petition the court for visitation rights of your grandchildren. The same is true if one of your grandchildren’s parents has died.
If your petition is granted, you’ll have many of the same rights as the parents of the children, including the right to quality time, information regarding any emergencies, information regarding activities the children participate in, as well as to be informed if the children move.
It’s important to note that just because you petition the court for grandparent’s rights doesn’t necessarily mean the courts will rule in your favor.
Upholding Your Rights
Indiana courts will always do what they believe is in the best interests of the children, as well as what your relationship was with your grandchildren prior to the dissolution of their parents’ marriage or the death of one of their parents.
You will work closely with your attorney to prove that your relationship with your grandchildren will only benefit them in the long run. You will need to establish that you’ve attempted to maintain a relationship with your grandchildren, you’ve tried to contact them, and that there is no valid reason why their parents should prevent them from spending quality time with you.
Consult a Vigo County Grandparent’s Rights Attorney
We understand how difficult it is to be kept from your grandchildren, and so does the Indiana court system. For this reason, you might enlist the help of a Vigo County grandparent’s rights lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm. We have experience with family disputes, and we can help when your grandchildren’s parents are making it impossible to maintain a relationship with the children.
You can schedule your initial consultation today by giving our office a call at 1-812-232-7400 or by completing the brief contact form we’ve provided below.