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Grandparent's Rights Lawyer

The tragedy of a divorce, imprisonment or death of an adult child (or that of a son or daughter-in-law) may leave grandparents cut off from their beloved grandchild. In California, under these circumstances, grandparents are not guaranteed free access to their grandchildren. But, there are ways that this situation can be remedied.

To start with, the child’s parents’ rights are assumed by the court to be above the grandparent’s rights. Grandparents will need to file a petition for visitation rights if:

Petitions must be filed in the area where the grandchild lives, not the residence of the grandparents. As in every child visitation and custody case, the child’s well-being is always the top priority. So, if the court feels it is in the best interest of the child, grandparent visitation rights may be granted. Two other things that the court takes into consideration before granting rights are:

A grandparent may petition the court for full custody of the grandchild, or to become a co-guardian if:

The grandparent must prove to the court that it would be not in the child’s best interest to stay in the custody of either parent. This is not always an easy thing to do and it’s why you should seek the services of a San Francisco family attorney who has had experience in fighting for the rights of grandparents.

At the Law Offices of Randall A. Richmond we understand that each case is different and we promise to treat yours with the sensitivity it deserves. Please contact us today to set up an appointment with our San Francisco family law attorney to discuss how we can help bring your grandchildren back into your lives.






870 Market Street, Suite 1263
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-701-8300