Every grandparent looks forward to spending precious time with their grandchildren – and most feel like they’ve earned that right. 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.
At The The LaMantia Law Firm , we know how important grandparents are to kids, and how special time shared between grandparents and grandkids can be. 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.