In Arizona, grandparents (and other third-parties with a close relationship to the children) have legal rights. Arizona Revised Statutes, § 25-409 is the Grandparent Visitation and Third-Party Visitation / Custody statute. However, these rights tend to be limited as parents’ rights usually take priority. If you want to establish grandparent’s rights or you wish to learn more about grandparent visitation or custody, our firm can help.
Arizona courts focus on the best interests of the child in any grandparent rights matter. You may file a petition for court-ordered visitation rights if one or more of these conditions are met:
After filing a petition for grandparent’s visitation rights, you will still need to prove to the court that visitation is in the child’s best interest.
When determining the best interests of the child, the court will look at the following factors:
If you have questions about or need assistance with a grandparents rights issue, please contact our family law attorney – Nichole Oblinger. Nichole is available at (623) 526-5597.