Lake Forest Grandparent Rights Attorneys
Servicing Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the rest of Orange County
The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is special. Unfortunately, there are instances when this bond becomes broken and a grandparent is not allowed to spend time with their grandson or granddaughter. This is often due to a parent refusing to allow the relationship to continue.
California law allows for a grandparent to petition the Court for visitation in such circumstances. At the Law Offices of J. Christian Conrad APC, our Lake Forest grandparent rights attorneys assist those who are attempting to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren.
What Rights Do Grandparents Have in California?
There are several reasons why a parent may prevent a grandparent from spending time with their grandchildren. It may be that the other parent, who was the child of the grandparent, has passed away. A grandparent may also have been cut out of the picture following a divorce, a termination of parental rights, or some other issue.
When such situations arise, it is possible to ask the Court for visitation with the child. Visitation will be granted if the grandparent can show that a previous bond existed with the child and that the best interest of the child is served by allowing visitation over the objection of a parent.
The first step in gaining visitation is to file a Petition with the Court. After the Petition is filed, it is possible to request that a temporary visitation schedule be put in place while the matter proceeds. A decision regarding a permanent visitation order will be made at trial. Between the initial hearing and trial, it is important to gather evidence showing that a parent’s objection to visitation is not in the best interest of the child.
When analyzing what is in the child’s best interest the Court will consider factors such as:
- The ability of the grandparent to contribute to the needs of the child
- The prior relationship between the grandparent and the child
- The ability of the grandparent to bring a positive influence to the child’s life
- The ability of the grandparent to provide a safe and nurturing environment while the child is in their care
It is strongly suggested that you retain an attorney to assist with presenting your case to the Court.
What to Expect in a Grandparents' Rights Case
At the Law Offices of J. Christian Conrad APC, our Lake Forest family law lawyers assist California grandparents with establishing visitation between themselves and their grandchildren. We will:
- Use your initial consultation to determine whether you have a legitimate basis to request contact
- Quickly file your Petition with the Court
- Request a preliminary visitation order
- Use Discovery—the process by which information is gained from the other side—to establish that contact would be in the child’s best interest. Items acquired may include school records, family photos, email correspondence, text messages, etc.
- Ensure that you are prepared for trial, that you know what to expect from the process, and that your interests are protected
Our attorneys service all of orange county, including Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Lake Forest Lawyers for Grandparent Visitation Cases
A grandparent is frustrated enough when they are unable to see their grandchildren. The last thing they need is a lawyer who does not provide quality service. Our lawyers strive to provide the highest level of representation. We quickly return phone calls, promptly respond to emails, and make ourselves available to answer your questions. We understand that this is a stressful time. We focus on family law so you can focus on the most important thing – your family.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.