Seeking Grandparents’ Rights in Arizona: First Steps
By Zachary Mushkatel on October 8, 2013
Arizona law allows grandparents to seek visitation rights with their grandchildren in certain situations. If you are a grandparent seeking to establish or protect your right to see your grandchildren, a few “first steps” to consider include asking:
- Is the relationship in the child’s best interests? This is the primary question the court will ask when deciding whether or not to grant grandparent visitation and how to arrange visitation. Consider the ways in which your relationship with your grandchild benefits him or her. You may wish to make a list of these items to share with your attorney.
- Do I need an attorney? While some Arizona grandparents seek visitation without an attorney, having an attorney on your side can help you navigate the process more easily and build a stronger case in favor of visitation. When seeking an attorney, look for one with experience helping grandparents and grandchildren maintain visitation with one another.
- Do Arizona’s grandparent visitation laws apply to me? Arizona does not allow grandparents to petition the court for visitation if the child’s parents are married. If they are not married, have been divorced for at least three months, or one of the parents is deceased, however, grandparents may seek visitation. If you are not sure how the law applies to you or want to understand the full range of options available, speak to an experienced attorney.
At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, our experienced Arizona divorce and family law attorneys can help you understand and protect your rights during an arduous divorce process. To learn more, contact us today.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.