Law Office of Kevin Jensen - January 2019

Navigating Grandparents’ Rights in Arizona

From time to time, we have someone come into the office asking about grandparents’ rights. Most of these cases involve grandparents who are not allowed to see or visit with their grandchildren, and for most people, fostering a great relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is a wonderful and rewarding part of life. In cases where parents are no longer together, that relationship can certainly be hindered. There are many reasons why this situation may arise. The most common reason is when one of the parents is absent and can no longer foster that relationship. For example, one of the parents passed away or becomes hopelessly addicted to drugs or alcohol. Arizona does recognize grandparents’ rights in certain circumstances, but it is not automatic. If you are in a situation where both parents are involved, fit to parent, and are choosing not to allow you to see your grandchildren, Arizona law respects the wishes of the parents. It is very difficult to obtain grandparents’ rights under that set of circumstances.

However, if you are in a situation where one of the parents is absent from the child’s life and the other parent is not allowing you to see your grandchildren, there is some hope. To establish grandparents’ rights, a grandparent must demonstrate at least one of the following factors:

• One of the legal parents is dead or has been missing for at least three months.

• The child was born out of wedlock, and the child’s legal parents are not married to each other at the time the petition is filed.

• The marriage of the parents has been dissolved for at least three months. This factor is specific to grandparent requests for visitation.

In all cases involving children, the court must always consider what is in the best interest of the child. It is very important to note that even if you can demonstrate the above factors, the court still must give special weight to the legal parents’ opinion of what serves the best interest of the child. Grandparent and grandchild relationships are among the most rewarding and important relationships that exist. Although obtaining grandparents’ rights is not always easy, there is hope for grandparents who want to fight for it. Find out how the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen can help you by calling 480.632.7373.

Peanut Butter and Berry French Toast

LAUGH BREAK

ingredients

• 8 slices brioche, 1/2-inch thick • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter • 2 large eggs • 1/8 cup heavy cream • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

• 2 cups cornflakes • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 2 cups mixed berries • Powdered sugar, to sprinkle • Maple syrup, for serving

480.632.7373 5. Return sandwiches to baking sheet, add remaining butter, and repeat on other side. 6. Top sandwiches with berries, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with maple syrup. 3 directions 1. On a large baking sheet lined with wax paper, place 4 slices of brioche and spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each. Cover with remaining slices, creating sandwiches. 2. In a pie plate, beat eggs with cream and vanilla. In another, coarsely crush the cornflakes. 3. Lightly soak sandwiches in the egg mixture, then dredge in cornflakes, pressing to adhere. Return to baking sheet. 4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Once melted and up to temperature, add sandwiches, cooking on one side until golden and crisp, about 2–3 minutes.

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