Each family in Kentucky has its own unique set of dynamics, but one thing almost always holds true: grandparents adore their grandchildren. When your grandchildren aren’t getting the care and attention they need — or when a legal battle has left one parent trying to keep you away from your grandchildren — you’re left with a serious question: should you pursue legal action?
Answering this question isn’t easy, but it’s extremely important for your grandchildren’s sake. If you believe your grandchild or grandchildren are being neglected or mistreated, or if you’re being denied your visitation rights, now is not the time to worry about stepping on anyone’s toes. Fortunately for grandparents, Kentucky has various laws in place that advocate for the grandparent-grandchild relationship. And fortunately for those of you who live in the Shepherdsville area, you have an experienced advocate of your own in attorney John Schmidt.
When & Why Grandparents Claim Custody
With the southern states being especially susceptible to the opioid epidemic, it’s no surprise that Kentucky currently has one of the highest rates of grandparents stepping in to raise their grandchildren. This, of course, is just one of many reasons a grandparent may feel the need to fight for custody. Others include:
- Mental illness
- Substance abuse
- Military deployment
Depending on your unique situation, it may be in your grandchild’s best interest to fight for permanent custody or temporary custody. For instance, if your child is unemployed and that lack of income is hindering their ability to support your grandchild or grandchildren, you’d most likely want to fight for temporary custody while your child works toward a solution.