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Pasadena Grandparents' Rights Lawyer

Protecting the Rights of Grandparents in California

At the Law Offices of Makupson & Howard, we understand the significance of strong family bonds and the pivotal role that grandparents often play in the lives of their grandchildren. Our dedicated team of legal experts is committed to advocating for grandparents’ rights in Pasadena and throughout California. With years of experience and a deep understanding of the complex legal landscape, our firm stands ready to assist grandparents seeking visitation rights.

Call the Law Offices of Makupson & Howard today at (888) 328-2734 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our grandparent's rights attorney in Pasadena!

California’s Grandparents’ Rights Law

California recognizes the essential role that grandparents can play in the lives of their grandchildren. Under certain circumstances, the state's legal system allows grandparents to seek visitation rights, enabling them to maintain a meaningful relationship with their grandchildren, even in family conflict or estrangement. At the Law Offices of Makupson & Howard, we specialize in navigating the intricate details of California’s grandparents’ rights law.

When Will Grandparent Visitation Be Awarded in California

Grandparents in California can seek court-ordered visitation if certain conditions are met. The courts prioritize the child's best interests while considering the grandparents’ wishes. Situations that may lead to the award of grandparent visitation include:

  • Parental Dissolution: In cases where the child's parents are divorced, separated, or going through dissolution proceedings, grandparents may petition the court for visitation rights if they have established a pre-existing relationship with the grandchild.
  • Deceased Parent: If one of the child's parents has passed away, the surviving parent may still attempt to limit the grandparent's access to the child. In such instances, a grandparent can request court-ordered visitation, especially if they had a substantial relationship with the grandchild before the parent's death.
  • Abuse or Neglect: If their parents have abused or neglected the grandchild, grandparents can seek visitation to provide a stable and loving environment.
  • Parental Estrangement: When one parent restricts the grandparent’s access to the child due to a strained relationship, the court may intervene if it is deemed in the child's best interest to maintain the relationship with their grandparents.

Factors Considered in Awarding Visitation Rights

California courts carefully evaluate several factors when determining whether to grant grandparent visitation rights. These factors include:

  • Pre-existing Relationship: The court assesses the quality and depth of the relationship between the grandparent and the grandchild. A strong bond can be a compelling factor in the decision-making process.
  • Child’s Best Interests: The primary consideration is always the child's well-being. Courts assess whether visitation with the grandparent will serve the child's emotional, physical, and mental needs.
  • Parental Rights: While grandparents have rights, parents also have the fundamental right to decide about their child's upbringing. Courts strike a balance between these rights, aiming to promote a harmonious family dynamic.
  • Grandparent’s Motivation: The court evaluates the grandparent's motivations for seeking visitation. Genuine concern for the child's welfare is a crucial factor.
  • Child’s Preference: Depending on the child's age and maturity, the court may consider their opinion about visitation.
  • Parental Relationship: The relationship between the parents and their attitudes towards grandparent visitation can influence the court's decision.

Contact Our Pasadena Grandparents' Rights Attorney Today

We recognize the significance of maintaining strong family connections. If you are a grandparent seeking visitation rights in Pasadena or anywhere in California, our experienced legal team is here to guide you through the complex process. We understand the nuances of California's grandparents' rights law and are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your family. 

Contact the Law Offices of Makupson & Howard today to schedule a consultation with our grandparents' rights lawyer in Pasadena! 

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