Grandparents Custody and Visitation Rights

Authored by , LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law

Find a Lawyer

What is Child Custody?

Full custody is the care and control of a child by his parents or grandparents, awarded by a court. A custody order differs from an adoption, as custody is never permanent.

Partial custody is temporary care and control of a child away from his custodial parent. A partial custody order differs from a full custody order as the grandparent may only visit for a specified period of time, but supervision by the child's legal guardian is not needed.

What is Child Visitation?

Visitation rights allow you to visit with the child but only under the supervision of the legal guardian. Visitation differs from custody in that at no time may you be granted control of the child.

How Do I File for Full Custody Rights for my Grandchild?

The court determines the circumstances in which a grandparent may file a petition for full custody of a grandchild. These circumstances require that:

When Can I Seek Partial Custody or Visitation rights?

The circumstances under which a grandparent may be granted partial custody or visitation rights are when:

Do I Need to Consult an Attorney about Grandparents' Visitation and Custody?

If you are looking to establish or modify grandparent child custody or visitation, it is generally wise to consult with a family lawyer. A family lawyer has experience dealing with the complicated court system and can work to protect your relationship with the child.

Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 08-24-2012 04:10 PM PDT

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Did you find this article informative?

Link to this page

Law Library Disclaimer

Grandparents Custody and Visitation Rights, visitation rights lawyers,custody visitation rights,grandparents custody,visitation rights,child custody,custody visitation, rights laywer,parent,custody,child,grandparent,visit,right,legal,law,lawyers,parental,family,partial,care