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GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS

Grandparents Rights, Custody Rights, and Visitation Rights In Arizona

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GRANDPARENTS CUSTODY RIGHTS

Arizona recognizes the role that Grandparents play in the lives of their family and grandchildren.  Furthermore, Arizona laws protect the relationships between grandparents and grandchildren by specific provisions of its family law that may grant child custody or visitation where appropriate.

CUSTODY RIGHTS:  GRANDPARENTS RIGHTS

There are circumstances; however very limited, in which a grandparent may be awarded custody of a grandchild instead of a parent.  A judge must see the grandparent as a parent because of the bond and parental relationship they have established for a substantial amount of time.  Next, the judge must also determine if it would be detrimental to the child to remain in custody of a parent.  Finally, in order to award custody to a grandparent, one of the following must apply to the family’s situation:

  • the child’s parents are not married (to each other)
  • one of the child’s parents is dead
  • the child’s parents are in the process of divorce (or legal separation)

Having met these conditions, and if the grandparent proves that having custody is in the best interest of the child (clear and convincing evidence), then the court could award a grandparent custody.

GRANDPARENT’S VISITATION RIGHTS IN TUCSON, ARIZONA

Occasionally the issue of grandparent’s rights comes up in Family Law court.  Arizona’s laws and domestic relations statures do provide for grandparents to seek visitation with their grandchildren.  Some states do recognize the rights of grandparents, and some do not.  Under certain circumstances is visitation allowed and deemed constitutional in Arizona.

Consult with the experienced Family Law attorneys at My AZ Lawyers if you would like to know more about Grandparent’s rights, as related to visitation.  

When a non-parent (third party) is seeking to spend time with a child, the matter is not parenting time, it is visitation.   The Arizona Family Law states there are very specific requirements to meet in order to even file a petition for grandparent visitation.  The Court will evaluate if it is in the best interest of the child to grant visitation to the grandparents. 

FREE CONSULTATION WITH EXPERIENCED TUCSON FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

Contact the Arizona experts on grandparents rights in Tucson at My AZ Lawyers to speak with an attorney who will be familiar with the laws dealing with grandparent’s rights, and who has expertise and experience in Arizona family law cases.  A court must grant a grandparent visitation time and decide what the actual visitation time will be.  

Ultimately the court will decide whether to order grandparent visitation based upon the best interests of the child/children involved.  Call our Tucson Family Law firm if you wish to proceed with issues regarding grandparent’s rights and/or visitation rights.  The laws are specific and a bit complicated, so having the knowledge and experience of the attorneys at My AZ Lawyers would be to your benefit.  The lawyers at the firm always act and make decisions on the best interest of the client and will fight for your rights. 

By all means, call our office if you have questions about:  grandparents rights, grandparent’s visitation or custody rights, or you are wanting to establish legal rights to take care of or visit your grandchild.  Contact our Tucson family law attorneys who are experts in the area of Arizona family law.  Lastly, to discuss your legal options:

CALL OUR TUCSON FAMILY LAW OFFICE:  (520)307-0020