Grandparent Rights

Grandparent Visitation Attorneys

As in most states, the rights of grandparents in Massachusetts are limited. However, when disputes between parents get in the way of allowing grandparents to spend time with grandchildren, other family members may begin to wonder what is in the child's best interest. Grandparents who are seeking to establish visitation rights with grandchildren will often have a rocky road ahead of them. It is important to have an attorney who will fight for their rights — in court, if needed.

At Massachusetts Family Law Group (MFLG), our lawyers represent grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren. We also represent parents who are contesting efforts by grandparents to obtain custody of their grandchildren. These are extremely sensitive and highly charged matters. It takes a lawyer with both knowledge and emotional sensitivity to navigate this difficult terrain. With more than 100 years of combined experience handling the most challenging family law problems in the probate and family courts of Cape Cod and the south shore, our attorneys are aggressive advocates for clients, while fighting to protect the children.

Custody and Visitation for Grandparents

Grandparents' rights apply only when the child's parents are unable to fulfill their roles as caregivers and there is already an established relationship with the child. In cases when the grandparent fears for the welfare of the child because of the negligent behavior of the parents, our attorneys represent grandparents in custody matters. While you won't find a more aggressive advocate for grandparents' rights than the lawyers at our firm, it is important to know that grandparents are more likely to be granted visitation than outright custody. Our lawyers have successfully negotiated and litigated many visitation agreements for grandparents.

When parents are neglectful or absent, having drug or alcohol problems or associating with known criminals, the court may find a grandparent's desire to be involved in a child's life to be in the child's best interest. When you come to our office for a case evaluation, our attorneys will help you document the nurturing and supportive relationship you have with your grandchild; the judge will require this before ruling on your request.

Contesting a Grandparent's Request

In some instances, parents find themselves resisting the efforts of their parents or their former in-laws to establish parenting plans or custody. Our attorneys know that however well intentioned they may be, efforts by grandparents to establish parental rights can be intrusive and can sometimes undermine the parent-child relationship. We represent parents who are trying to retain parental rights in the face of grandparents' efforts to take them away.

When it Comes to Grandparents' Rights Cases, Each Court Is Different

It is important that you find an attorney with experience in the court where your case will be heard. This will allow him or her to develop the case in a way that will convince the judge and will give you an advantage early on in the case. Our attorneys appear in the area's probate and family court almost every day; we have a working relationship with the family services personnel, court personnel and the judge. Because we assign specific lawyers to specific courts, they are familiar faces in the courthouses of Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties.

Call Us for More Information About Grandparents' Rights

Contact our Plymouth law firm at (800) 299-DIVORCE to learn how we can help you with grandparents' rights. We offer a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced attorney who knows the challenges of these types of cases.

As in most states, the rights of grandparents in Massachusetts are limited. However, when disputes between parents get in the way of allowing grandparents to spend time with grandchildren, other family members may begin to wonder what is in the child's best interest. Grandparents who are seeking to establish visitation rights with grandchildren will often have a rocky road ahead of them. It is important to have an attorney who will fight for their rights — in court, if needed.

At Massachusetts Family Law Group (MFLG), our lawyers represent grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren. We also represent parents who are contesting efforts by grandparents to obtain custody or court-ordered visitation of their grandchildren.

Custody and Visitation for Grandparents

Grandparents' rights apply only when the child's parents are unable to fulfill their roles as caregivers and there is already an established relationship with the child. In cases when the grandparent fears for the welfare of the child because of the negligent behavior of the parents, our attorneys represent grandparents in custody matters.

When parents are neglectful or absent, having drug or alcohol problems or associating with known criminals, the court may find a grandparent's desire to be involved in a child's life to be in the child's best interest.

Grandparent Interference

Although there are situations in which a grandparent can assert and prove the a legally protected relationship with a grandchild is in the child's best interest, our attorneys' experiences tell us that parents themselves sometimes need legal advice about the limits of a grandparent's right to access or control of a child.

When it Comes to Grandparents' Rights Cases, Each Court Is Different

It is important that you find an attorney with experience in the court where your case will be heard. This will allow him or her to develop the case in a way that will convince the judge and will give you an advantage early on in the case. Our attorneys appear in each of the courts almost every day. We have a working relationship with the probation department, court officers, and judges. Because we assign specific lawyers to specific courts, each attorney is a familiar face in the Bristol, Plymouth, or Barnstable County Probate and Family Court.

Sound Advice and Honest Answers About Grandparents' Rights

Contact our Plymouth law firm at (800) 299-DIVORCE to learn how we can help you with grandparents' rights. We offer a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced attorney who knows the challenges of these types of cases.

We meet clients at any of our five offices or convenient satellite conference centers. Early morning, evening, and weekend appointments are available.