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Understanding when grandparents can vie for custody

In Indiana, there are laws used to determine matters of child custody and visitation rights for grandparents. In many cases, these laws can be more intricate and confusing than a person may be expecting, and it can actually be quite hard for a grandparent to gain custody in the end. However, it isn't impossible.

Facts about grandfamilies in Indiana

If you are a grandparent in Indiana who either has custody of your grandchildren or who is seeking how to get custody of your grandchildren, it can be helpful for you to know that you are not alone. Certainly, most people do not assume that they will need to raise their grandchildren but there can be many situations that necessitate this. These include the premature death of a parent, substance abuse, mental illness and more. Regardless of the reason, grandparents can and often do step in to provide the stability and support children need.

Do grandparents' visitation rights change after adoption?

If you are a grandparent seeking the legal right to visit your grandchildren, you likely know that Indiana grants you the option to petition for visitation. There are several different factors that may affect a court's ruling on your petition. For example, if you are a paternal grandparent to a child born out of wedlock, a court usually cannot grant you visitation rights without your son establishing paternity of the child. If a court grants you visitation rights, there may be changes to your situation if someone adopts the child.

Overcoming challenges associated with raising a grandchild

Increasingly, grandparents across Indiana and many other states are finding themselves spending their “golden years” raising their own grandchildren, and if you are among them, you may understand all too well that doing so has its challenges. Maybe you are raising your grandchild because his or her parents have passed away and can longer do so, or perhaps you are looking to assume the responsibility because your grandchild’s parents are in jail, on drugs or what have you. Regardless of your reasoning for raising your grandchildren, Attorney Robert Schembs recognizes that there are certain challenges that often accompany the process, and he has helped many people in similar situations overcome these challenges and otherwise navigate complicated custody or visitation issues.

Patience is imperative for grandparents seeking visitation

When a couple decides to divorce in Indiana, a majority of the attention turns to their children and who will be primarily responsible for caring for them. Often, this involves detailed negotiations regarding the best interests of the children, their individual needs and the living situations of each of their parents. However, whatever happens to the grandparents if their child becomes estranged from their spouse and their grandchildren become alienated? 

For grandparents raising grandkids, government help is on the way

While raising a grandchild in Indiana can be a rewarding experience, we at the law office of Robert Schembs understand that it is not always easy. In the first place, the reason it is necessary for you to raise your grandkids is probably that some sort of trauma has struck your family. You may have lost your child due to death or incarceration, or the judge may have deemed both parents unfit due to abuse or other issues.

Unique challenges for grandparents raising grandkids

Today's society has experienced many advances but also many challenges and Indiana families everywhere may be influenced by these. One of the trends that can be seen is the rise in the number of grandparents stepping in to raise their grandchildren. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 2.6 million grandparents who are doing just this, more than twice the number in 1970.

Can you help your grandchildren despite your child's divorce

When divorce is brought up, your immediate thoughts may turn to the separating couple and their children and all of the challenges they face in their changing future. However, divorce can have a genuine effect on you as a grandparent, as well as the relationship you are able to maintain with each of your grandchildren in Indiana. 

Can grandparents gain custody of their grandchildren?

As grandparents in Indiana, there are numerous reasons as to why you might want legal custody of your grandchild. Perhaps the child's parents are incapable of caring for them. Maybe one or both parents are in jail. Here are some of the requirements that you must meet if you're seeking to gain custody.

Can I get financial help for parenting my grandchild?

There are many scenarios in which grandparents in Indiana become primary caregivers or “parents” of their grandchildren. Parental health problems, addiction, abuse and myriad other issues may prompt either an official or unofficial removal of children from parental care in favor of placement with grandparents or other relatives. If this describes your family situation, you should know that you may qualify for financial assistance as a relative caregiver.

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  • My husband and I have a 12 year old grandson whose academics and social needs were being neglected. We turned to Schembs Law & Associates to help preserve our grandsons rights. With Schembs & Associates leadership and guidance… Grandparent Rights
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