- The grandparents must show that there was a pre-divorce relationship between the grandparents and a grandchild that has “engendered a bond.” This means that there is such a bond between grandparent and grandchild that continued grandparent visitation is in best interest of the grandchild, and
- The grandparents must show that it is in the best interest of the child to have visitation with the grandparents, and that such best interest can be balanced with the parents’ rights to make decisions about their child.
A photo popped up on my Facebook feed recently with a caption that said, “Grandchildren are your reward for not killing your children.” While some parents may be clinging to this hope during their kids’ teenage years, others are wondering when they will see their grandchildren after a son or daughter’s divorce. Fortunately, California law allows grandparents the right to petition the court for visitation. The general standard for a court to order grandparents’ visitation requires grandparents to show the following evidence: