Protecting Grandparents' Rights In California

At the Law Offices of James V. Sansone, we believe strongly that grandparents can and should play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. Unfortunately, there are often personal and legal entanglements that can make it difficult for grandparents to play the active role in their grandchild's life.

If you are a grandparent who is involved in a visitation dispute, we encourage you to contact our law office. We are pleased to meet with you to answer your questions and help explain your rights. We will provide the candid advice you need to make an informed decision about your visitation dispute.

What Are Grandparents' Rights?

While grandparents do have limited visitation rights in California, there is a presumption in favor of parents making critical decisions that impact the welfare of their children, including visitation decisions.

Under certain circumstances, however, a grandparent may be awarded visitation with his or her grandchild over the objection of a parent. To overcome the presumption in favor of a parent's wishes, it is necessary to make a compelling argument that a child has a strong bond with a grandparent and has a strong interest in having visitation with his or her grandparent.

When representing a grandparent, we will take time to understand the family dynamics to consider if it may be possible to negotiate a visitation schedule directly with the child's parents. If it is not possible to reach an agreement, we can file a motion with a court on our client's behalf to seek a court-ordered visitation schedule.

We Provide Experienced Guidance And Counsel

We offer flexible appointments in our Santa Rosa office. Call 707-623-1875 or send an email to set up an initial strategy session. We offer personal attention and an individual plan tailored to your unique circumstances.