Whether or not the custody agreement you worked out with your ex has your kids living with you most of the time, you’re likely interested in allowing your family members, including your parents, to visit with your kids.
While every situation is different, and your Durham divorce lawyer can help you determine what works best in your case, your parents can see your kids while you have them. In some cases, grandparents have the right to seek visitation through the courts.
When Your Ex Doesn’t Want Your Parents to See Your Kids
Because every case is different, you’ll need to talk to your attorney if your ex does not want your children visiting with your parents. While North Carolina laws are very clear, individual circumstances may affect whether you can or can’t bring your kids to see their grandparents.
Talk to your ex about his or her reasons behind your grandparents and visitation dispute. Is it because he or she is afraid it will take time from you? Perhaps your ex is concerned that your children won’t be safe, or maybe he or she is just being spiteful. Find out what you can and let your lawyer know as soon as possible.
If You’re Not Happy with Custody and Visitation
In most cases, custody is decided between parents. However, circumstances can change – and sometimes, as a result, your custody agreement needs to be changed as well. Your lawyer can help you modify your custody agreement if necessary (and if you meet the requirements for changing it according to North Carolina law). Either parent can attempt to modify a child custody order.
The key to ensuring that your parents can see your kids is communication with your ex. By finding out what his or her concerns are, you have the opportunity to clear up any misunderstandings. If all else fails, call your Durham divorce lawyer and find out what steps you can take to ensure your child has access to your extended family.