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Family law: Grandparents taking on the role of raising grandkids

| Nov 6, 2019 | Family Law |

There may be times when parents can’t care for their own children, for whatever reasons. In some of these cases in Arizona, grandparents often step up to the plate to take over the duties of raising their grandchildren. Family law rules say that guardians of children must always do what is in their best interests. and this also applies to family members, other than parents, raising children.

Grandparents have already raised their own children, so when they agree to do the same for their grandchildren, it can present a number of challenges. They’re no longer as young as when they raised their own kids, but this is not to say that they can’t give their grandchildren a sense of security, love, self-confidence, support and happiness. These grandparents have to deal with the same things parents deals with: getting the kids to school, making meals, taking kids to leisure activities, taking care of their health and dealing with the issues of helping a child grow up. 

There are resources grandparents can access to help them bring up their grandchildren. They should take advantage of those resources to ensure they remain both physically and emotionally healthy to give their grandchildren the best lives possible. The right support may make a world of difference. 

Arizona grandparents in such situations, however, should seek the advice of a family law lawyer to understand their rights in raising their grandchildren. Doing so will ensure they can raise their grandkids with the knowledge they’re doing so legally. A lawyer may be able to provide guidance and advice no matter what a client’s situation and the reasons behind grandparents raising their grandchildren.