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Fighting for grandparent rights is relatively new

In the practice of any science it helps to have common terms that everyone in the field can agree upon. Sociology is no different. It is from that arena that we have such notions as the nuclear family. That model is defined by most dictionaries as being comprised of a father, a mother and a dependent child or children.

Notice that grandparents aren't included in that description. And it must be admitted that the picture the definition paints doesn't really reflect what many families look like today in the wake of decades of evolution. As society changes, so must family laws adjust -- whether by legislative action or by broadening interpretations of existing law.

It is in this developing atmosphere that grandparents sometimes find it necessary to fight for the right to continue to play a part in the lives of their children's children. All too often, breaks in relationships at the parent level lead to estrangements across several generations. And that can require grandparents to turn to the courts to try to restore and sustain something of a non-nuclear family.

In the face of denied access by a custodial parent, grandparents can seek visitation rights. To obtain them, however, means showing that in being denied, the best interests of the child or children are not being served. The presumption of the courts usually favors the desires of the custodial parent. Even showing that a strong bond exists between a child and grandparents is not enough to win a change in circumstances.

To be able to assert grandparent's rights, one has to know and understand the applicable law. Because the law is constant changing, it is clear why working with an experienced attorney makes sense. We invite you to visit our page dedicated to this issue to learn more.

Source: FindLaw, "Grandparent Rights," accessed Sept. 22, 2015

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