As a grandparent, you want the best for your grandchildren. Sometimes, this means that you need to care for them yourself. Here are three things you should know about your rights as a grandparent:
You May Seek Custody
If you feel that your grandchildren would be better off if they were with you, you can seek custody under certain circumstances. These include risks from neglect or alcohol abuse by the parents. You may also receive custody if your grandchildren have lived with you for at least a year at any point in their lives.
You May File for Adoption
Sometimes, it is best if your grandchildren stay with you permanently. In this case, you may adopt them and make any necessary legal decisions. Usually, adoption is only considered if parents are too young or considered unfit to raise their children.
You May Have Visitation Rights
Circumstances such as death and divorce have the potential to bar you from your grandchildren’s lives. In these cases, you may work with the legal system to ensure that you have visitation rights. You sometimes have to respect time limits after a divorce. So it is best to research this path if you realize it is necessary.
Grandparents are an important part of a child’s life. Know which options exist so that you can stay involved. For more information about grandparents’ rights, call The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle.