Some of the most emotionally fraught family law disputes arise when individuals—stepparents, grandparents, or other adults who play a central role in a child's life—believe that it is in a child's best interest to have visitation and the legal parents object. These cases can sometimes involve third parties making accusations regarding parental fitness and the parents having to fight against these accusations.
If you are on either side of such a dispute, it is essential that you speak with an experienced Burlingame family law attorney regarding your rights and potential legal options. At Chase, Berenstein and Murray, Counselors at Law, I counsel parents, grandparents and other parties throughout San Mateo, San Francisco, the Peninsula and South Bay. With more than 25 years of experience in the area of family law, I work to help my clients achieve favorable results, but also to make what can be a difficult, draining legal process more manageable.
I can help establish your third-party visitation rights when you call my firm at (650) 548-1171!
No matter which side of the dispute you are on, it is important to understand an important fact of parental rights in California: Parents have a constitutional right to raise their children, and the law presumes that fit parents can make decisions that are in a child's best interests. While almost always emotionally charged, some third-party claims are unlikely to succeed in court. For example, grandparents who are angry because they have been cut off from their grandchildren do not automatically have a legal claim for visitation rights.
This can be a tremendous hurdle to overcome for third parties. Regardless of your situation, however, as an experienced Burlingame visitation attorney, I can advise you regarding your claim and work to achieve an outcome that is fair for you, the parents, and the children involved.
If you are involved in a dispute regarding third-party visitation rights, I encourage you to speak with me about your case. Contact my firm at (650) 548-1171.