Morehead City Family Law Attorneys for Grandparents’ Rights
If you’re a grandparent or member of a child’s extended family, such as an aunt or uncle, you may wish to get specific legal visitation and custody rights. While North Carolina’s laws are complicated regarding child custody for grandparents, our experienced family law attorneys in Morehead City will fight on your behalf to help you obtain custody or visitation rights.
North Carolina Third Party Custody
In North Carolina, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are considered third-parties, meaning they do not have specific rights regarding visitation or custody. In most situations, grandparents’ or other family members’ time with children is left up to the parents. For example, if maternal grandparents want to see the grandkids, it’s assumed the mother will take them for visits or they are welcome to visit at the mother’s home.
Grandparent Custodial Rights
That doesn’t mean that grandparents or other family members aren’t eligible for visitation and custody. In fact, more grandparents and other relatives are taking over custody for children whose parents are unable or unfit to care for their children. Some of the issues that diminish or prevent a parent from providing adequate care include:
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Criminal charges or incarceration
- Child abuse or neglect
- Economic issues, including homelessness
- Unsafe or unsuitable living conditions
- Mental illness or instability
- A history of child abandonment
It is important to note that if one parent is deemed unfit by the court, the family itself is still considered fit as long as the other parent is suitable. In order to be granted custody, both parents must demonstrate evidence of one of the issues above.
Advocating for Grandparents’ Rights to Custody
Child custody rights are complex, and the law is not always on a grandparent’s side. If you want to protect your grandchild, niece, or nephew and provide him or her with a safe, loving home, trying to fight alone won’t get the results you are seeking.
At Irons & Irons, P.A. we work with grandparents, aunts, and uncles to help them protect the children in their family from unsafe or dangerous situations. Attorney Gib Irons has spent years fighting on behalf of family members and grandparents’ rights in Morehead City and has the skill and experience to fight on your behalf to help a child get the care and support he or she needs. With compassionate, expert counsel, we’ll fight on your behalf to provide a safe, secure home for your loved one. We can also help you secure visitation rights.
Contact Our Morehead City Family Law Firm for Grandparents’ Rights
Even when it seems like the law isn’t on your side, we can help you with issues related to custody and visitation of your grandchild, niece, or nephew. To schedule an initial consultation with our family law attorney, call 252-585-5150 or simply complete the contact form below.
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