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Do Grandparents have Rights In Arizona?
Divorce is a very sad time for the families. When couples are broken up, children
are pulled away from sanctity of a two-parent home. Sadly it is not uncommon
that only one stable parent remains in their lives. Just about everyone would
agree that the children need to see both divorced parents as much as possible
providing the non-custodial parent is not a threat to the child’s well being in any
However, less concern has been giving to the grandparents. Our society is so
focused on the nuclear family there seems to be no need for the extended family.
Yet, a child’s emotional health goes beyond the physical evidence of parentage.
You do not limit a child’s love to who is defined as the father in a paternity test.
There are both the maternal and paternal grandparents who love the child and
often time have been a crucial part of their young lives.
Legally speaking the rights of the grandparents must be balanced with the rights
of the parents. Not all grandparents are a good influence in the child’s life,
especially if they become vindictive after a divorce and fill the children’s heads
with ideas that their parent from the opposite side of the family is mean, or
lacking in anyway.
Then again, there are the custodial parents who may feel that because there was
a need to divorce their spouse that should also include divorcing the
grandparents as well. Children should never be in the middle of vindictive
How then can grandparents exercise their rights to see the children they love so
very much? DNA testing does not usually afford any special rights for
Though parental DNA testing is fairly accurate it becomes less accurate for
siblings or each generation removed. The reason for that of course is the
extended gene pool and the multiple variations that will occur in the DNA.
Furthermore there are also blended families to consider. Sometimes the
estranged ex spouse may have one biological parent but was raised by a stepparent as well. Children do not discriminate about who they love based on a
Many grandparents do not know that they can fight for custody or even visitation
rights. They do not have to remain silent with a broken heart. Grandparents can
gain custodial rights in the State of Arizona. In disputed cases of alleged
parentage. Arizona paternity testing may prove to be a factor in grandparent
custody or visitation legal battles. Grandparent legal paternity testing can come
in useful if the mother claims during divorce proceedings that her spouse was
never the biological father in the first place.
Normally the father would be available for testing in such a case however if the
case is not about divorce but about visitation rights being taken away from the
paternal grandparents after their son died, this would be a worthwhile avenue to
pursue in court.
DNA testing alone will not grant visitation or custody rights to the grandparents
but it can help solidify their position. Arizona courts will look at all the evidence
presented including legal DNA testing to decide what is in the best interest of the
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