Grandparents As Parents
Grandparents As parents
Grandparents everywhere need to know what their grandparents rights are, especially if it becomes necessary to gain custody of the grandchildren. There are 4 important tips that will help make a fight for grandparent’s custody much easier.
Of course, if you need to get custody of your grandchildren for their own safety and well being, this may not be the best tactic to use. You will have to use your own judgment on this depending on your own individual situation with your grandchildren and your child.
These 4 tips are important to remember and use because they are the best ways to be sure that you have the best chance possible of getting the rights you deserve as a grandparent.
One: Approach your child directly – It is always a good idea to confront your son or daughter directly in a non-confrontational manner. There are many times that things can be solved out of court. Even if the schedule that you work out is not what you really had in mind, some contact on a regular basis is better than none.
Two: Document everything – When you are trying to get custody of your grandchildren, it is important to have evidence of why this would be in their best interest. You will need to prove this with information to back up your claims. If you need to, be sure and report any abuse or neglect to the social services division in your area so that they can investigate and back you up. Keep records that are good and accurate with dates, times, places, witnesses and any other important information that a judge needs to know. The more you can document, the better chance you will have of gaining custody of your grandchild if they are in a dangerous situation.
Three: Be aware of your state’s laws concerning rights for grandparents. Each state is a little different in their laws, so you have to take time to learn what your state’s laws are if you want to have the best chance possible of getting custody of your grandchildren. The more you know about the laws and the better you understand them, the more prepared you will be for the fight to get custody. It definitely won’t be easy, so ask questions and get as much information as possible from university law clinics or other grandparent advocacy groups.
Four: Hire an attorney – Don’t try and get custody of your grandchildren without the help of an attorney. They understand the legal aspects involved and can better guide you in obtaining custody. An attorney will definitely make getting your grandchildren to safety with you much easier.
Now that you know these 4 tips you are better prepared to fight for your grandparent’s custody rights. Don’t ever assume that you do not have grandparent’s rights because you do. More states are recognizing the need for grandparent involvement and are interested in keeping your grandchildren safe.
Grandparents as parents are a growing number in today’s society so knowing your rights to custody, visitation or adoption is very important.