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La Grande Grandparents’ Rights Attorney

Helping You Navigate Grandparents’ Rights in Oregon

Biological and adoptive parents have the right to raise their children as they wish without third-party interference. A third party can refer to anyone outside of the parental category that the child may have established a “child-parent” relationship with, such as grandparents. In Oregon, grandparents do not have intrinsic rights to their grandchildren; however, if they have close emotional ties with their grandchildren, they may be able to file for visitation, guardianship, or custody.

Our La Grande grandparents’ rights attorney at Laura Eckstein Law is backed by 19 years of experience and has helped countless families navigate complex legal situations. Our firm is dedicated to getting to know our clients on a personal level so that we can provide a solution that perfectly meets their needs. We provide constant communication throughout the case, as well as compassionate legal guidance.

Find out more about your legal options by calling (541) 444-0830 today. We offer free half-hour consultations in person or over the phone.

When Can a Grandparent File for Visitation Rights?

Since the law gives biological and adoptive parents priority in the raising of their children, it must be proven that visitation would be in the best interest of the child.

The following are a sample of the factors which are taken into consideration:

  • Whether the grandparents filing the petition are or recently were the child’s primary caretaker
  • Whether the child’s circumstances are detrimental if left the same
  • Whether the legal parent has encouraged or consented to the relationship with the grandparent
  • Whether granting visitation would interfere with the custodial relationship
  • Whether the legal parent has unreasonably denied contact between the child and grandparent

When Can a Grandparent File for Custody?

To file for custody, it must be proven that the legal parents are unfit to care for the child. If, at any time in the future, the parents are deemed fit to care for the child again, custody may be returned to them.

The following are a sample of the factors which are taken into consideration:

  • Whether the parents are unwilling or unable to provide sufficient care for the child
  • Whether the grandparent filing the petition has been the child’s primary caretaker recently
  • Whether the child’s circumstances are detrimental if left the same
  • Whether the legal parent has encouraged or consented to the relationship with the grandparent
  • Whether the legal parent has unreasonably denied contact between the child and the grandparent

Call Today for a Free Initial Consultation with Laura Eckstein Law

Due to the high stakes involved when dealing with the stability of a child’s family life and possibly their living situation, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can present your case powerfully and effectively.

Contact Laura Eckstein Law today at (541) 444-0830 and speak with our knowledgeable family law attorney in La Grande.