Seattle Grandparents’ Rights Lawyer
Washington law is not conducive to grandparents obtaining rights over a child’s biological parents in a visitation or custody dispute. A 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Troxel v. Granville, in which the grandparents sought more time with two granddaughters following their own son’s suicide, called Washington laws “breathtakingly broad.” The Supreme Court stated that Washington law interfered with fundamental constitutional parental rights. Grandparents’ rights have been in flux ever since.
A grandparent who seeks custody of a grandchild must show the court that allowing the parents to regain or retain custody is harmful to the children and not in their best interest. You must be prepared to show proof of a long and healthy relationship between the grandparents and the grandchild, as well as the unfitness of the parents.
An Experienced Grandparents’ Rights Attorney Is Imperative
Given the challenges facing grandparents who seek visitation or custodial rights, it is imperative to enlist the services of an experienced family law attorney who has a track record of success in this area.
At Kenneth F. Bromet, Attorney at Law, I have successfully helped Seattle grandparents gain visitation rights as well as custody of grandchildren. The courts are reluctant to interfere with the rights of biological parents; thus, even when the facts of a case are in your favor, it is important to enlist the services of a lawyer who understands how to present the case to a family court judge.
I welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment during a free, no-obligation consultation. Contact me to schedule an appointment.