In the past decade, grandparents have started to play an increasingly larger role in the lives of their grandchildren. Sometimes, Virginia grandparents are called upon to step in and raise their grandchildren, either temporarily or permanently.
This can happen when the child’s parents are unable to care for the child due to any of the following reasons:
- drug abuse;
- child abuse charges; and
- other crises.
Fortunately, there are resources available to assist grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. For example, the National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren helps provide support and encouragement to grandparent-headed households across America.
Grandfamilies of America is another national support organization Virginia grandparents can look to for help.
These groups can point Virginia grandparents to useful information, emotional support and legal resources to help them through the challenging yet rewarding task of raising their grandchildren. While these organizations cannot replace the counsel of your Virginia family law attorney, they can allow you to reach out and connect with others like you while you learn more about the challenges of raising grandchildren.
If you’re a grandparent who wants to be considered for custody of a grandchild in Virginia, or simply want to learn more about your grandparent rights, you should consult with a Virginia family law attorney who can help you through the process.
When to Hire a Virginia Family Law Attorney
At this vulnerable time, it’s critical that you have exceptional legal representation that not only understands the specifics of your case, but is dedicated to your best interests and that of your family.
At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your family is your #1 concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about retaining a valuable relationship with your grandchildren after a Virginia divorce. Contact us today to set up a consultation – 757-425-5200.