OBTAINING CUSTODY OF YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER LEGAL RIGHTS AND PROCEDURES

When a couple gets divorced, considerations are taken to determine the best course of action when it comes to custody of the child. Often, grandparents stay out of the equation: they have little or nothing to say about the well-being of their son or daughter’s granddaughter. In some cases, divorce can put an end to visits completely, resulting in a ways that are difficult to heal as children grow up. If you are a grandparent concerned about the outcome of your child’s divorce and you wonder if you will be allowed to see your granddaughter again, you know you have rights. Depending on the situation, in your heart you definitely say that I want to get custody of my grandaughter, and that is also possible.

 

Reasons to get custody of your granddaughter

Divorce is not the only catalyst that inspires grandparents to seek total or joint custody of minors in the family. Every time a child’s well-being is questioned, a grandparent has the right to offer a stable home and an environment of love. Consider the following examples:

  1. A parent or both parents are military in active duty and stationed abroad.
  2. A parent or both parents are incarcerated or admitted to drug rehab.
  3. A parent or both parents are experiencing financial problems due to due layoffs or medical problems.

There are many reasons why a biological parent may become incapable of caring for their children, leaving the question of custody open. As a grandparent and a direct relative, you may request that children be released into custody, either temporarily or permanently. There are currently three legal options available for you: temporary custody, guardianship and dependency requests. If you know that your children are in a situation where they need to place their children in a more stable domestic environment, they can apply for temporary custody.