Representation For Those Raising Grandchildren
Whether divorce, incarceration, death or other factors prevent your grandchildren’s parents from raising them, you will likely have legal and physical needs regarding your grandchildren’s issues that are different from when you raised your own children. These may include:
- Seeking decision-making responsibilities and authority for the children
- Visitation rights if your own children become divorced
- Proving the children reside with you, which may qualify you for government benefits and allow you to enroll them in school
- Obtaining medical records, birth certificates and other documents you will need for their care
- Handling difficult feelings of confusion, abandonment and other emotions the children may have
- Dealing with your own age-related health issues
A proceeding for allocation of parental responsibilities can be filed by a grandparent by filing a petition for allocation of parental responsibilities in the county in which the child is permanently resident or found, but only if he or she is not in the physical custody of one of his or her parents. In terms of visitation only, a grandparent has standing to petition for visitation with the child. A petition may only be filed if there has been an unreasonable denial of visitation by a parent and the denial has caused the child undue mental, physical or emotional harm.
Depending on your circumstances, you may also need to obtain a protective order to shield the children from an abusive parent.
Having more than 30 years of experience each, the attorneys at Boyle Feinberg Sharma, are known in Chicago and throughout Cook County for exemplary family law services. Our practice focuses exclusively on family and matrimonial law, making us an ideal choice for grandparents needing legal representation.
Compassionate Help For Grandparent Caregivers
You are not alone in your situation. Millions of children across the country are being raised solely by their grandparents, according to United States Census figures. Your role as a primary caretaker of grandchildren comes with numerous challenges that are unique from traditional family structures.
In addition to handling each case in a sensitive, personal manner, our lawyers are prepared to confidently present your situation as a grandparent caretaker in a court of law. We understand the complex issues you face raising children the second time around and we are here to help.
Contact Boyle Feinberg via email, or phone at 312-376-8860 to schedule an initial consultation.