The second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies was overflowing with entertaining drama. One of the leading storylines involved Meryl Streep’s character, Louise. She was a concerned and doting grandma fighting for child custody over Nicole Kidman’s character, Celeste’s twin sons. There were many scenes involving attorney meetings, legal strategy and exciting witness examinations in a gut-wrenching trial. But how much of what was portrayed on screen happens in real life? Could a grandparent in San Jose, for instance, fight for joint custody over their grandchildren?
The short answer is yes; especially with the help of a dedicated attorney at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri. However, this issue is somewhat complicated, so the help of a knowledgeable attorney in San Jose is crucial.
What You Should Know About Grandparents And Child Custody
Parents have the legal right to the custody, care, and control of their children. However, there are many situations where a grandparent assumes the role of primary caregiver for their grandchild. Yet, a grandparent’s parental role in their grandchild’s life does not give a grandparent the legal right to the custody, care and control of their grandchild.
A grandparent can fight for child custody under California Family Code § 3041: “Custody award to nonparent.” Under this code, the court must make a finding that (1) granting custody to a parent would be “detrimental” to the child and (2) that granting custody to the nonparent is required to serve the best interest of the child. Because of this, it is less likely that a grandparent would receive joint custody. However, if this is a concern of yours, please contact an attorney at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri in San Jose.
Although parents have a fundamental right to custody of their children, this right is not absolute. What is of upmost importance is the child’s fundamental right to have a home placement that is safe. They deserve a home that is stable, and permanent. It is up to the court to decide whether that be with their parents or grandparents. Potentially, the court could decide upon another third party. At the end of the day, the court bases its decision off what is in the best interest of the child. This “best interests” approach allows courts to comprehensively look at all circumstances in determining which home environment a child would be happiest and most successful.
Get In Contact With An Attorney
These issues can get extremely complicated and hard to understand. Therefore, if you or a loved one is a dedicated grandparent hoping to fight for child custody or want to learn more about joint custody options, please contact one of the dedicated attorneys at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri in San Jose. You can set up a free consultation here.
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