Custody and Visitation Rights for Grandparents in Virginia

Fairfax Family Law Firm for Complex Custody and Visitation Issues

Many problems can disrupt the structure and harmony of family relationships, and some lead to disputes between parents and grandparents over child rearing. An important U.S. Supreme Court decision issued in the year 2000, Troxel v. Granville, strongly reinforced the primacy of parents' rights and has had an impact on grandparents' ability to petition for visitation rights against the parents' objections in many states, including Virginia.

Has It Become Necessary for You to Pursue Custody of Your Grandchildren?

It is essential to recognize that, while having a clear understanding of applicable laws can assist in private negotiations over grandparents' rights, any pursuit of grandparent visitation rights in a Virginia court is an uphill battle. More often, our Virginia grandparent rights lawyers may be called upon to pursue:

  • Legal and physical custody rights for grandparents in situations where parents are unfit or unwilling to provide a proper upbringing for their children
  • Proof of physical or sexual abuse, drug addiction, criminal activity, neglect or abandonment by parents in order to demonstrate that grandparent custody is in the child's or children's best interest
  • Establishment of the legal standing and status necessary for grandparents caring for grandchildren to complete school enrollment, obtain health care and insurance, and handle other matters essential to their welfare

Receive Clear, Informed Family Law Counsel and Strong Representation

At Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC, in Fairfax, Virginia, family lawyers with decades of experience offer clear, practical counsel to grandparents who believe their involvement and influence is vital for their grandchildren's futures. At our AV-rated* firm, you can benefit from the knowledge of attorneys versed in domestic violence laws, criminal proceedings and protective orders as well as all state laws governing child custody and visitation.

For a consultation focused squarely on your concerns, legal rights and options as a grandparent, call or e-mail us today.

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