It’s one of the joys of getting older, becoming a grandparent.
While some are lucky and get to spend lots of time with their grandchildren, for others there are plenty of reasons they can’t. Location is one factor, and so are physical barriers, such as illness or incapacity.
But what happens if it is simply because your grandkids parents are now divorced? It’s certainly a common scenario in this day and age.
While a couple might be fighting over custody of their kids, do you know what rights you have too?
Rachael Scharrer, founder of online resource Divorce Answered said court orders surrounding divorce and parenting only apply to the named persons, and only in extenuating circumstances are the grandparents named in the order.
“As such, it is up to each parent to facilitate a loving and considered relationship between the child and all family members,” Rachael Scharrer said.
Scharrer suggests these ideas as a few ways you can build on that relationship.
Grandparents are allowed to agitate at court if they feel overlooked, intentionally alienated or previously played a significant role in the grandchildren’s lives.
If you feel you need to do something in an official capacity, you need to get your facts together.
“Documenting your interactions, contact and time with the grandchildren is a great place to start.”
Should you have ongoing concerns, Scharrer suggests you contact your family lawyer for advice.