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Steven C. Weinstein – A Dedicated Divorce Lawyer In Tucson Providing You With Experienced Advice Concerning Grandparent Visitation Rights

Unfortunately, family strife or separation can sometimes lead parents to keep their children from one or more sets of grandparents. Though family and divorce laws in Tucson do not recognize an inherent right of grandparents to see their grandchildren, they may obtain such a right under certain circumstances. With extensive experience in this area, the Tucson law office of Steven C. Weinstein is Arizona's premiere resource for legal matters concerning grandparent visitation rights.

Grandparent Visitation Rights In Arizona

Under Arizona law, a court may grant either grandparents or great-grandparents the right to visit their grandchildren (or great-grandchildren) if it finds that such visitation rights would be in the best interests of the child and if any one of the following three conditions is met:

  • It has been at least three months since the child's parents have divorced.
  • A parent of the child has been deceased or has been officially missing for at least three months.
  • The child was born out of wedlock.

In determining the child's best interests the court will consider any and all relevant factors, including:

  • The historical relationship, if any, between the child and the grandparent or great-grandparent seeking visitation.
  • The motivation of the grandparent or great-grandparent in seeking visitation.
  • The motivation of the person denying visitation.
  • The amount of visitation time requested and the potential adverse impact that visitation will have on the child's usual activities.
  • The benefit in maintaining an extended family relationship if one or both of the child's parents have died.

Visitation rights of grandparents or great-grandparents are cut off if and when the child is adopted, unless the adoption is performed by a spouse of a natural parent if the natural parent remarries.

There are separate rules which govern the appropriate time for petitioning and scheduling such visitation rights, which in turn are shaped by the timing of visitation rights of the non-custodial parent. Whether you are a grandparent seeking access to your grandchildren or a parent who feels that interaction with grandparents is not in your child's best interests, Steve is among the most experienced divorce lawyers in Tucson regarding grandparent visitation rights - helping you properly navigate these emotionally delicate issues and obtain the results you seek.

Contact The Law Office of Steven C. Weinstein Today

If you need legal assistance regarding a grandparent visitation rights issue or any other matter regarding family law, personal injury, wills or probate, contact the Tucson offices of Steven C. Weinstein today.

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