Protecting your relationship with your grandchildren
Following a divorce or separation, visitation rights most commonly exist for a noncustodial parent. Some states, however, have altered this general rule to allow grandparents to seek visitation with their grandchildren. In Utah, a grandparent may seek visitation under certain circumstances, but it’s not easy, especially when one or both parents oppose it. A Salt Lake City grandparent visitation lawyer from Intermountain Legal can help you as a grandparent make a compelling case that a continued relationship with your grandchild is in his or her best interest.
Determining grandparent visitation under Utah law
Section 30-5-2 of the Utah Code allows grandparents to petition for court-ordered visitation rights during a pending divorce or custody proceeding or to open their own proceeding to gain visitation. But to be successful, petitioning grandparents must overcome the presumption that a parent’s refusal to allow visitation is in the child’s best interests. A skilled Salt Lake City grandparent visitation attorney can do this through effective argument that addresses several relevant factors:
- The reasonableness of the parent’s denial
- The petitioner’s relationship with the child
- The fitness of the parent
- The presence of the petitioner’s child
- The petitioner’s fitness
As with other issues of family law in Salt Lake City, grandparent visitation orders can be modified when a material and substantial change in circumstances is shown. Salt Lake City grandparent visitation attorneys can also help grandparents seek judicial enforcement of a visitation order, including contempt proceedings against the noncomplying parent.
While every family is different, grandparents frequently play an important role in the development of their grandchildren. But all too often, the resentment that arises between parents during a divorce or separation can extend to the grandparents, causing parents to unreasonably deny grandparents access to their grandchildren. While it is often possible for a grandparent visitation lawyer in Salt Lake City to settle these issues without resorting to court intervention, the dedicated team at Intermountain Legal is prepared to take these issues before a judge if it is necessary to protect our clients’ access to their grandchildren.
Call the firm for a free consultation about grandparent visitation
Intermountain Legal has helped parents and grandparents across Utah favorably resolve custody and visitation disputes. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your family law matter.
Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.