Many grandparents take over child-rearing duties when parental relationships fail. Unfortunately, when custody returns to the parents, grandparents are sometimes cut out. There can be limited recourse, but certain situations may warrant court action, especially when the welfare of the child is involved. Our attorneys will advise you and should it be justified, take action on your behalf.
Grandparents’ Rights Attorney
Many of today’s families have grandparents involved in the caring for children. Unfortunately, grandparents are sometimes deprived of access to the children once circumstances change, like in a divorce or domestic relations situation. While emotionally taxing and upsetting, the decision is typically the parents’. This often means there is limited legal alternatives for grandparents. Some situations do support D.C. & Maryland grandparents’ rights. As a firm dedicated to family law, our attorneys have experience handling matters related to grandparents’ rights. We have assisted clients on both sides of the issue negotiating and, when necessary, representing clients in court.
D.C. & Maryland Grandparents’ Rights
Grandparents’ rights are a sensitive issue. When trust breaks down between the parent and the grandparent, access to grandchildren may be limited or even denied. This can be a common occurrence when dysfunction is involved in the parental relationship, like in the case of drug abuse. Custody is often temporarily awarded to the grandparents while remedial action is taken to fix the parental problem. Once custody is awarded back to the parent, grandparents may be excluded from seeing the children. This has made grandparents’ rights a frequent focus of family law action.
Family law in Maryland and D.C. has left little choice for grandparents. Parents have the right to decide if grandparents will see their grandchildren. The courts only interfere in cases where the child’s welfare is in jeopardy. However, in situations where the decisions are contrary to the child’s best interests, legal remedies may provide an option. Proceedings involving grandparents’ rights revolve around proving exceptional circumstances or unfit parental care.
We have experience in managing these sensitive issues. As always, it is better to achieve resolution through discussion and negotiation, which is our preferred approach. After all, the main concern is the welfare of the children. However, this is not always possible. In these instances, our attorneys are prepared to leverage our extensive family law resources to pursue a resolution on your behalf.
If you are struggling with a family law issue in Maryland or D.C., contact us so we can have a conversation. Our attorneys can advise you on the way forward and, should you choose to retain our firm, help resolve the matter in the best possible manner.