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Grandparents' Rights

Grandparents’ Rights

La Mesa Family Lawyer for Grandparent Custody & Visitation

Since 1992, I have been working as a La Mesa family law attorney to help grandparents win custody and visitation rights in Southern California. When it comes to child custody cases, the state of California has a specific set of guidelines to help determine which rights are given to grandparents. As with all of my custody cases, my priority is to settle as many issues as possible outside of the courtroom, thus saving the family from any unnecessary stress and legal fees. Mediation, arbitration, and other collaborative methods allow for a safe space where everyone can voice their desires and concerns, and hopefully come to an agreement that is in the best interests of the child.

Are you a grandparent seeking custody or visitation rights? Call (619) 304-8499 to see how I can help. I serve San Diego, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, and the surrounding areas.

When Can a Grandparent Request Visitation Rights?

Under California law, grandparents can ask for reasonable visitation if two conditions are met. The first condition is that there must have been a pre-existing relationship between the child and grandparent to the extent that granting visitation would be in the best interests of the child. The second condition requires the courts to balance the best interests of the child in having visitation with the grandparents, with the parents' rights to make decisions about their child. Furthermore, with a few exceptions, grandparents usually cannot file for visitation rights if the child's parents are married.

These exceptions include:

  • It is found that parents are living separately
  • One parent's whereabouts have been unknown for over a month
  • One of the parents supports the grandparent's petition for visitation
  • The child is currently not living with either of his or her parents
  • The child's legal guardian is a stepparent

If these exceptions are no longer met, one or both parents can request that the court revoke visitation rights.

If you are seeking to obtain visitation rights to see your grandchildren, give me a call at (619) 304-8499. I am prepared to put my experience as a seasoned La Mesafamily lawyer on your side.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • I left our appointment feeling empowered and capable of negotiating the divorce and child custody process.

    “She had genuine concern for me and my children at a time where it often felt like nobody was looking out for us. Andrea was also very flexible with scheduling and offered solutions on how to work with my budget.”

    Tori

  • I give her 10/10! Very satisfied client!

    “Andrea was very helpful. I texted her late last night and thought that I wouldn't get a reply until the next morning. She responded very quickly.”

    Former Client

  • I highly recommend Andrea and give her an A+

    “I hired Andrea after learning I needed a lawyer for a court date happening in just over a week. She was kind and understanding and had no issues with taking my case even with the time constraint. She is honest, straightforward and very experienced. Her confidence and reassurance in being ready for court eased my stress. She listened to and read everything I had. It was obvious how hard she worked for me and we were always in contact with each other. The court case was successful thanks to her efforts. I highly recommend Andrea and give her an A+.”

    Glory

  • What a huge relief to know that Andrea had my back and would truly be MY champion.

    “She was very quick to respond to any of my questions and gave me just the right amount of support. She made me feel empowered during this divorce journey and helped me see that I could survive this ordeal with her by my side.”

    Dawn

  • Andrea was a great person to work with, extremely flexible and understanding

    “Andrea was a great person to work with, extremely flexible and understanding. She was always available for me and returned all my calls/messages very quickly. She worked with me on everything and was always willing to help.”

    Tiffany