Most child custody and visitation decisions involve biological or adoptive parents. Yet, in some cases, grandparents, close relatives and others have valid concerns over a child’s well-being in legal child custody decisions. Though rare, courts have increasingly recognized the rights of these non-parents filling parental roles as they seek custody and visitation with the children of divorced parents. Our experienced family law attorneys understand the complexity of the law concerning non-parent/grandparent rights, every legal avenue that can be pursued, and what is legally required for non-parents/grandparents to prevail in these cases.
Again, in the end, the courts must always act in the best interests of the child. Mahoney & Richmond believes the same.