Protecting Grandparents’ Rights In Alabama When Parents Decide To Separate
Grandparents can be an extremely important part of a child’s upbringing. For many children, grandparents are like another set of parents, providing wisdom, mentorship and a loving atmosphere. Some grandparents even directly contribute to raising a child.
However, when parents choose to divorce, grandparents are left wondering what role they now have in their grandchild’s life. Fortunately, the law allows grandparents to seek visitation rights in certain circumstances.
When Can Grandparents Pursue Visitation?
The laws in Alabama are designed to give grandparents the right to stay involved in their grandchild’s lives. Grandparents can seek to obtain visitation rights in certain situations such as if:
- One or both parents have passed away
- The child was abandoned by a parent
- The child was born outside of marriage
- Both parents are no longer married
In order to secure visitation, the grandparents must also demonstrate that the inability to see their grandchild is detrimental to the child. The court will consider several factors when making this determination, including the health of the grandparents, the relationship between the child and their grandparents, and the child’s wishes, among others.
A Skilled, Experienced Family Law Advocate
Attorney Richelle Gossman with Gossman Law Firm, LLC, has helped many grandparents in Birmingham seek the visitation rights they deserve. With over 15 years of experience, she has the courtroom skill to handle even the most complex issues.
You will never be left in the dark without the ability to contact Richelle. She offers personalized guidance during each stage of the process.
Schedule A Free Consult Today
Learn more about your legal options as a grandparent. Call 205-498-7455 to schedule a free consultation with attorney Richelle Gossman. She can speak with you about your specific situation and concerns.
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