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Grandparents have always been an integral part of most people's childhood, but with more families having two parents working, grandparents are often tasked with more childcare responsibilities. Grandparents who enjoy a close relationship with their grandchildren may be concerned when they first find out that a divorce is coming, wondering how it will impact their relationship and how often they will get to see the grandchildren.

While it's normal to immediately wonder if there is anything you can do legally to protect your rights, it's an uphill battle in most cases for grandparents to get court-ordered visitation. This is especially true if both parents are present in the children's lives. If the divorce is still in process or a custody order has just been finalized, the courts will likely want to see how that goes for a few months before making any additional changes to accommodate grandparent visitation.

In the best of situations, the grandparents on either side of the family can spend time with their grandchildren with their son or daughter who is exercising their parenting time. In some situations where a divorce is especially amicable, both sides of the family may be able to take part in holiday and birthday celebrations together.

However, it's important to understand that even when a divorce starts out friendly, things can change quickly. If you have questions about your legal rights and whether it is possible to get court-ordered visitation or even possibly custody of a grandchild, it's important to get as much information as you can about the possibilities and potential hurdles you will need to overcome.

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