GRANDPARENT AND STEPPARENT RIGHTS
In certain instances, grandparents or stepparents may have the right to request an order for child sharing. Although these rights have been limited in recent case law, in an appropriate case, the Court is permitted to make orders to allow non-parents to visit with the children. In representing either side to such an action, it is important the ground work be laid before any motion is filed.
The law has a presumption that a custodial parent should be permitted to make reasonable decisions concerning other non-parents’ contact with minor children. In cases when either a grandparent or stepparent is being denied access to minor children, the Court has the jurisdiction to make visitation orders.
In an appropriate case, grandparents or stepparents may be made a party to a divorce action. In the event these third parties become participants in the divorce action, the Court has jurisdiction to make an award of attorney’s fees against them.
Speak With Experienced Family Lawyers in San Diego County, CA
The San Diego family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC has experience in bringing motions for grandparent or stepparent visitation, as well as defending against these actions. Contact the firm at (888) 860-8544 to discuss your rights as a grandparent or stepparent.