New Orleans Grandparents’ Rights Lawyers
The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is unique and incredibly special. Sometimes, it becomes necessary for a grandparent to take on the role of parenting the grandchild. The best interests of the children involved are your priority, and with multiple parties involved, the charged emotions that may be circulating can create a challenging environment for potential caregivers of a child to find common ground.
At SVHC, we assist grandparents who are seeking meaningful involvement in the lives of their grandchildren, whether in the context of: Visitation, Custody & Adoption.
I’m Not The Parent. How Can The Law Help Me?
If you are the grandparent of a child, the law may be able to assist you in seeking custody. Read the following sections to understand your rights and what you can do to protect yourself and your grandchild:
- Custody: If you are already the primary caretaker of your grandchildren, consider a formal custody arrangement that is recognized and enforceable in the courts. Having a written agreement instead of a verbal promise will add security and stability to the home environment in which you are raising your grandchildren.
- Visitation: Sometimes, when grandparents have extraordinary relationships with their grandchildren, they may be eligible for regular visitation, even if one or both parents are also involved in the child’s life. The court may decide that continuing a close relationship between grandparent and grandchild is in the best interests of the child.
- Adoption: In situations where the parents of a child are unwilling or unable to care for their child, you may have an opportunity to adopt your grandchild. This option can potentially provide children with greater inheritance rights, and better access to other benefits, insurance coverage, and social services.