A previous post on this blog reminded Rockford, Illinois, grandparents that although they have certain rights to request a court to order that they be allowed to visit with their grandchildren, even over the objections of one of the child’s parents, these rights are limited and subject to a lot of restrictions.
Grandparents, particularly those who find themselves suddenly not allowed to see the grandchildren whom they used to spend a lot of time with and may have even helped raise, should not feel discouraged after reading over these restrictions, even though they may at first seem a little daunting.
However, they should recognize that, as they are not the child’s parents, they have an uphill battle when it comes to getting a court to disregard a parent’s wishes. They should therefore strongly consider securing quality legal representation before trying to pursue grandparents’ visitation rights in court.
In this respect, our law office willing and prepared to fight for the rights of grandparents to see the grandchildren whom they love and want to get to know better. We recognize that in many cases, the grandparents of a minor child are not just close relatives; they are quite literally a lifeline for that child since they may serve as that child’s positive role models and mentors.
Even in the face of what seem like an unfavorable legal environment, our experienced professionals thoroughly investigate all of our grandparents’ visitation cases in an effort to prove to a judge that the child needs their grandparents in their lives. While we cannot promise results in every case, we have on many previous occasions successfully preserved and protected the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.