At The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, in Newport Beach, we know that adverse or tragic circumstances sometimes call for grandparents to step in and care for their grandchildren. In other cases, family conflict creates a situation calling for defense against a legal action by grandparents that parents have good reasons to oppose.
Our dedicated Orange County legal team emphasizes personal attention to each client's unique needs. We will be forthright about your likelihood of success in taking legal action, given that grandparents' rights are extremely limited under California law and many case precedents have reinforced parental authority and discretion.
It is important to recognize that the best interest of the child is the court's guiding principle in all family law matters, including grandparent custody and visitation. Your case may require extensive research and discovery to evaluate whether a close psychological bond exists between grandparents and grandchildren, for example — or that either allowing or denying visitation will be detrimental to the child.
The lawyers at our firm have decades of experience resolving complex custody disputes and other family conflicts. We will offer clear, reliable insight into the custody evaluation process and the burdens of proof that must be met to achieve your goals. We have strong working relationships with numerous qualified child psychiatrists, family counselors and other experts that may prove pivotal for your case.
Contact our law firm today at (949) 565-4158 to schedule a consultation focused on your concerns as a loving grandparent or parent.