Under Connecticut law, people with significant ties to children have visitation rights. Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that grandparents and others must demonstrate that they have a "parent-like" relationship with the child and that the child will suffer harm if visitation is denied. This is a heavy burden of proof and will have a significant impact on the future ability of grandparents and other third parties to obtain visitation orders from Connecticut divorce courts.
Whatever your situation, Patriot Law Group may still be able to help you regain a relationship with your grandchildren. To schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with a Connecticut grandparents' rights attorney at any of our locations, call 800-459-PATRIOT (800-459-7287) or contact us online.
Our lawyers represent grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren. We also represent parents who are contesting efforts by grandparents to obtain custody of their grandchildren. These are extremely sensitive and highly charged matters. It takes a lawyer with both knowledge and emotional sensitivity to navigate this difficult terrain.
Explaining Connecticut Case Law on Grandparents' Rights
The law is clear on what rights grandparents have. While each court may interpret and apply the law in its own way, the foundation is such that (1) custody is usually awarded to a mother or father, but it can be awarded to a third party such as a grandparent, (2) when Connecticut courts rule on custody, the presumption is that joint custody is in the best interests of the child unless a party can show that it is detrimental for a child to stay with one parent or the other. This suggests that any interested third party, such as a grandparent could intervene. Finally, (3) a court may grant visitation rights to any person.
Contesting a Grandparent's Request
In some instances, parents find themselves resisting the efforts of their parents or their former in-laws to establish parenting plans or custody. Our attorneys know that however well intentioned they may be, efforts by grandparents to establish parental rights can be intrusive and sometimes undermine the parent-child relationship. We represent parents who are trying to retain parental rights in the face of grandparents' efforts to take them away.
Call Us About Your Connecticut Grandparents' Rights Case
With locations throughout Connecticut, we handle cases on both sides of the grandparents' rights issue — whether it is representing parents who are attempting to block a grandparent's access or a grandparent seeking visitation with a child. For an initial case evaluation with one of our attorneys, call 800-459-PATRIOT (800-459-7287) or contact us to schedule an appointment.