Grandparents share a unique relationship with their grandchildren, which is unlike any other relationship they have. The bond between a grandchild and his or her grandparent is extremely special and deserves protection. When a couple separates and the children's time becomes divided, grandparents often have concerns that they may never see their grandchildren again.
Fortunately, grandparents are able to petition the California courts to award them visitation time when a parent may be unwilling to grant such time. The California courts understand the importance of the grandparent/grandchild relationship and believe it is important to nurture that relationship. Children often benefit from having more loving and healthy relationships in their lives as opposed to having fewer.
For these reasons, grandparents should fight for their rights to spend time with their grandchildren. When a court considers visitation rights, it often will take into account a number of factors. Some of these factors include the relationship between the grandparent and grandchild, the visitation relationship between the individuals before the parents' split, how the visitation time with the grandparent will affect the visitation time awarded to the parents, any history of abuse and the last time the two had contact with each other.
No grandparent should feel forced to give up his or her relationship with a grandchild because of a nasty divorce or separation. The grandparent/grandchild relationship is unique and should be preserved to the best of one's ability. Struggling grandparents should contact an experienced family law legal professional in the state of California who can help them understand their legal rights and options.