“Grandparents’ Rights” and Kinship Care
Virginia passed a law in 2013 to simplify kinship care, allowing the providers to be able to enroll children in the local school district in the neighborhood where they live. All that is needed is an affidavit signed by the child’s parents, describing their agreement to the alternative care, custody arrangements, and any other information necessary.
There may be instances, however, when parents will deny grandparents contact with the children, for whatever reason. In Virginia, there are currently no laws that explicitly grant certain rights to grandparents, or any other relative for that matter. The law strongly favors the rights of parents over non-parents. Nonetheless, grandparents may still request custody or visitation under special circumstances.
If you have any question about grandparents’ rights, child custody, or any other related family law matters, please do not hesitate to reach out to Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC to request an appointment.