I’m not allowed to visit with my grandchildren. What can I do?

The issue of whether or not visitation rights extend to grandparents is a matter for the family courts to decide. You may wish to consult with and/or obtain the services of an attorney who practices in the area of family law in your State. If assistance is needed in locating an attorney, the American Bar Association (ABA) website provides a variety of services to the general public, including the Find Legal Help webpage, which includes pro bono attorney referrals and links to court resources. The ABA features a section titled Free Legal Answers to submit questions about civil legal issue. Also, a directory of law schools that offer pro bono programs is available on the ABA website.

In addition, various national organizations offer information, publications, referrals, and support to grandparents who are having difficulty visiting with their grandchildren. You may be interested in visiting the AARP Grandparent Information Center website to access links to summaries of state laws related to grandparent visitation and custody.

The Grandparents' Rights Organization collects a number of articles that focus on custody and visitation issues.

Can I visit my grandchildren?

The issue of whether or not visitation rights extend to grandparents is a matter for the family courts to decide. You may wish to consult with and/or obtain the services of an attorney who practices in the area of family law in your State. If assistance is needed in locating an attorney, the American Bar Association (ABA) website provides a variety of services to the general public, including a lawyer referral directory and the Find Legal Help webpage, which includes pro bono attorney referrals and links to court resources. The ABA features a Free Legal Answers section to submit questions about civil legal issues. Also, a directory of law schools that offer pro bono programs is available on the ABA website. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/flh-home.html#hotline

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