Divorce is a reality for many Tennessee families, and when it happens it is traumatic for many individuals. It is hard on the individuals who must concede that their relationship failed and who must figure out how they will return to living as single individuals. It is incredibly tough on the children of the ending marriage who must find ways to cope with their loss and potential upheaval in their everyday lives. It is also very challenging for the extended family members who know that their relationships with the divorcing couple will never be the same once the marriage has ended.
Particularly grandparents can suffer when their children choose to end their marriages and cause rifts between their former spouses and themselves. When a divorce becomes acrimonious, parents can make devastating decisions regarding where their children will spend their time. Those decisions may impact grandparents' chances of seeing their beloved grandkids.
However, in Tennessee grandparents can seek visitation rights with their grandchildren if their child or former child-in-law maliciously deprives them of such contact. Especially when maintaining contact with their grandparents is in the best interests of the child, Tennessee courts may award grandparents scheduled time to visit and reconnect with the kids they love.
Sam Byrd is a family law attorney who practices out of Hamilton, Tennessee. He is committed to advocating for the rights of his clients, including those grandparents who have suffered as their grandchildren have been kept away from them due to divorce, separation or other family law tribulations. To begin the process of asserting one's rights as a grandparent, individuals are welcome to contact attorney Sam Byrd through his law firm's website.