Grandparents Custody Attorneys in Maryville
Lawyers pursuing the rights of grandparents in Oak Ridge, Lenoir City and Madisonville, TN
Grandparents can play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, from giving unconditional love and support to providing daily care while the parents work outside the home. But when parents divorce, or when one or both parents die, designated caregivers often deny the children continued access to these valuable relationships. Grandparents custody lawyers can help navigate the complex Tennessee laws to help ensure grandparents get to visit with their grandchildren regularly. Shepherd and Associates, P.C. can help grandparents pursue visitation rights and even full custody when warranted for the safety and best interest of a child.
Maintaining regular contact with your grandchildren
A divorce settlement includes detailed requirements to ensure a non-custodial parent has regular access to his or her children. But particularly after a bitter divorce, a custodial parent may attempt to punish an ex-spouse by preventing his or her parents from spending time with the children. When you cannot convince a custodial parent that the children need this important relationship to help maintain normalcy in their lives, you can pursue the visitation rights afforded under Tennessee law.
The law requires you to prove your continued contact provides important benefits to your grandchildren. As experienced Maryville grandparents’ custody attorneys, we can help develop an effective case by working with you to establish the history of your close relationship.
Pursuing full custody of your grandchildren
Even if both parents die, they may pass custody of their children to individuals other than the grandparents or you may have concerns about the safety of your grandchildren due to abusive relationships or other situations in their home. In these and other unfortunate circumstances, you may have the right to obtain full custody of your grandchildren. These cases, however, require detailed documentation, such as the following:
- Evidence of abuse or other dangerous situations within the current family home
- Proof that the custodial parent or caregiver does not provide adequate supervision or neglects the children
- A past history of successfully providing custodial care for your grandchildren over a continuous period
Experienced child custody attorneys can help guide grandparents through the complex legal process to obtain full custody of their grandchildren.
Seek support from an experienced grandparents custody lawyer in Maryville
Consistency is a vital component in ensuring the best adjustment of children after the loss of a parent through divorce or death. More than ever, children need the comfort of their close relationships with the grandparents they have known since birth. When someone prevents you from continuing to see your grandchildren regularly, or if you need to seek full custody, experienced attorneys can help you navigate the complex Tennessee legal requirements. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Shepherd and Associates, call 865-225-9655 or fill out the contact form on this website.