Grandparent Visitation & Custody

Grandad visiting with grandson

Grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren, right?  You bet — it’s part of the job description.  Sometimes, though, extenuating family circumstances create a situation in which grandparents like you are kept from seeing their grandchildren as often as they would like, if at all.

Here at The LaMantia Law Firm we might not be grandparents ourselves, but we all have children, and we know how much they love interacting with Grandma and Grandpa, and how much Grandma and Grandpa enjoy that time as well.  We understand, and we are here to help.

In South Carolina, the Family Court may order visitation periods for grandparents of a minor child in cases in which either or both of that child’s parents are deceased, or even if the parents are divorced or living apart.

Generally, in order for the Court to find in favor of grandparent visitation, there must be a written finding that such visitation would be in the best interests of the child, and would not interfere with the existing parent-child relationship. The Court will also consider the nature of the relationship between the child and the grandparents prior to the commencement of the legal proceedings, particularly whether the grandparents assumed the role of a parent for any reason or period of time.

The law on grandparent visitation is evolving rapidly in South Carolina, and in many ways the Palmetto State is more progressive than many of its counterparts.  Call our office for a free initial consultation.  We understand, and we are here to help.