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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

  • She helped keep me on track and got me a great result.

    “I hired Andrea because of her confidence and her consistency. She plans ahead and stays ahead of the game. Andrea helped me, guided me to be ready for the worst scenario. She helped me prepare for what might come. She helped keep me on track and got me a great result.”

    Former Client

  • She asked the right questions and gave me great advice on a quite complex and complicated question.

    “Andrea called me back in beneath ten minutes. She was very focused on what I told her. She asked the right questions and gave me great advice on a quite complex and complicated question. I can highly recommend her.”

    Simone

  • She listened carefully to my concerns, provided a great deal of very helpful information and advised me on the best way to organize and proceed with my case.

    “Andrea responded immediately to my request for assistance and set up an appointment within a few days of our first contact. Overall, she was very thorough and professional.”

    Liz

  • She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.

    “I consulted with Andrea on my difficult child custody case. She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.”

    Brian Hansen

  • We were highly impressed with her service.

    “I am writing this to thank Andrea Schneider for the work she performed in our case of contracting without license. We were highly impressed with her service. Her ability to explain everything so clear of what was going on and everything she was going to do. If we ever get a case in which to use her services again, we would. We would recommend her to others.”

    Former Client and Wife