Grandparents Have Rights When it Comes to Custody and Visitation

The break up of a family is tough for everyone. Sure, some folks have harder stories than others when it comes to divorce, separation and child custody issues, but it is never a walk in the park. One thing is for sure though, when kids are involved, everything becomes exponentially more complex. When parents split up, it is important that a child’s best interests become priority number one. This means that relationships must be maintained so long as those relationships are healthy for the child.

Grandparents often get the short end of the stick when it comes to seeing grandkids after a divorce. Often it is hard enough getting the parents of children to respect each others’ schedules, let alone the schedule of a third party, such as a grandparent. That said, grandparents have rights in Delaware in this regard and can petition the court to ensure those rights are respected. As long as there is a healthy relationship established with the child, grandparents can petition the court for visitation. Even if a parent or guardian is not responsive, the court can order visitation for grandparents. In cases where there is child neglect or some form of abuse affecting the well being of the child, grandparents can even sue for custody in the state of Delaware.

Know your rights! If you have questions and would like to meet with one of our family attorneys, contact our offices today.