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Grandparents' rights often stem from volatile situations

Grandparents usually want a chance to have a relationship with their grandchildren. When the grandchild's parents don't allow that to happen, the grandparents might choose to explore their right to see the child. There are several factors that the court might consider when a grandparent is seeking to have visitation rights or even custody of a grandchild.

One of the primary factors of a grandparents' rights case is the relationship that the grandparent has with the child. If the grandparents haven't had a relationship with the child, the court might find that there isn't any reason to order that the grandparent have rights to the child.

The needs of the child are another primary concern. This is often brought up in court if the parents aren't properly caring for the child and the grandparents can offer the child a more stable home and provide the basic necessities that the parents are unable to provide. The grandparents would also need to be able to provide the child with love and affection.

Grandparents' rights cases sometimes come up when the child's parents are neglecting or abusing the child. This could have a big impact on the grandparent's case for seeking visitation or custody of the child.

In many cases, it is best for the grandparents and the child's parents to try to come to an agreement together about what is best for the child. Typically, the child having a relationship with the grandparents is a good chance for the child to build a support system. If you are a grandparent who wants to see your grandchild and feel you need to seek grandparents' rights, you should learn about the ways you can do this and think about how each will impact your life.

Source: FindLaw, "Factors Considered for Grandparent Visitation and Custody," accessed Dec. 16, 2016

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