A Grandparent's Rights in Child Custody Proceedings

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In order for a third party, most frequently a grandparent, to have standing to bring a custody action against a child’s parents, they must allege that the  parents are either unfit or have acted inconsistently with their constitutionally protected parental rights.  These hurdles present a formidable challenge to any third party seeking custody of a minor child.

Nonetheless, the above requirements are not insurmountable as parents often fail to live up to their responsibilities.  Whether you are a grandparent who wants to know more about your child custody options, or you are a parent defending such a claim, it may be worth your time to sit down and talk with a family law attorney. 

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