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Difficulties that grandparents can face after divorce 

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Child Custody

Divorce can have far-reaching consequences. Not only do both spouses have to negotiate and adjust to life post-divorce, but there can be a knock-on effect on grandchildren and grandparents. 

The majority of grandparents play a key role in the upbringing of their grandchildren. The grandparent/grandchild relationship can be very important. Nonetheless, there are some difficulties that grandparents can face after divorce. Outlined below are some important factors to consider

Stresses on relationships with parents 

It is natural for a parent to take their child’s side, and this includes during and after divorce. This can create tension between former in-laws. Where grandchildren are concerned, grandparents may find themselves being refused access if the custodial parent does not get along with them. 

Of course, parents don’t always side with their children. And if the biological child of the grandparents has full-time custody, they could still restrict visitation. An adult child may not take kindly to their parents disagreeing with them and could restrict visitation as a result. Unfortunately, personal disputes and grievances can get in the way of grandparents being able to maintain a bond with their grandchildren. 

When one parent moves away 

Grandparents can also find themselves in a difficult position if the custodial parent moves away after divorce, which is not uncommon. While maintaining close relationships involving geographical distances is possible, this relies on cooperation and communication between all parties. Sadly, many grandparents find themselves estranged from their grandkids when a big move happens post-divorce. 

Grandparents may have visitation rights post-divorce in Indiana, but this can be a complex issue. If you feel like your rights have been violated, it is important to seek legal guidance.