Grandparents’ Rights

albequerque-adoptionAs a grandmother or grandparent watching a divorce proceeding, you may feel like you are helpless during the legal custody process. You may believe that you may never have an opportunity to visit your grandchild again. However, you are not without rights.

The family law attorneys at the law offices of Carpenter & Associates understand the need for grandparents to continue to play a role in lives of their grandchildren. We work hard to ensure your relationship with your grandchildren is maintained. If you are seeking information on how you can protect your grandparents’ rights during a custody procedure, contact our law firm of for a free initial consultation.

We understand grandparents’ rights when it comes to issues of visitation and custody. New Mexico is unique in that its laws guarantee certain grandparents’ rights not allowed by other states. Grandparents can legally petition the court for a right to visit with their grandchild. We can help you file this petition.

The court looks at several factors in determining whether or not to grant visitation rights following a divorce, including:

  • Whether the visitation is in the best interest of the child
  • Whether the grandparent was previously convicted for physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect of a child
  • If a grandparent has been the child’s caretaker for a lengthy period of time
  • If there are any visitation arrangements already in place
  • Prior interactions between the grandparent and each parent of the child
  • Prior interactions between the grandparent and the child

Mediating Your Family Through The Tough Times

If you are a parent looking to fight a petition for grandparental visitation, we can also help you protect the interests of your child. When it comes to issues of guardianship and custody, the lawyers at Carpenter & Associates have the experience to mediate on your behalf during these stressful situations.

If you are looking for answers to your questions regarding grandparents’ rights, contact our Albuquerque, New Mexico, law firm or call 505-243-0065. We provide free initial consultations, accept credit cards, charge competitive rates, speak Spanish and are conveniently located next to the courthouse in downtown Albuquerque in the Bank of the West building at 500 Marquette.