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Grandparents often want to be heavily involved in kids' lives

During divorce, parental rights get a lot of consideration. Who gets to raise the children? Where will they live? Which parent gets to make legal decisions for the kids?

These things are very important, but this focus also means that other family members can be forgotten. In particular, grandparents often desire to be extensively involved, especially if the grandchildren are the first or only ones they have.

One woman noted that, after her first child was born, her in-laws were there so often that they'd swing by without even telling her they were coming. They dropped in multiple times a week and stayed for hours on end.

Experts also note that grandparents may think of themselves as intrinsic to the child-rearing process. They'll want to offer advice and insights. They may have strong opinions about everything from dietary decisions to religious choices.

The woman in the example above eventually had to set some boundaries, but this story shows the desire that grandparents have to be involved and the way they love the grandchildren. That doesn't just end when a couple decides to get divorced. The children are still related to the grandparents, and they may be very curious about what rights they have, how often they get to see the kids, what input they can have in raising them and things of this nature.

Now, parental rights and desires may be more important, but it's still wise to ask these questions during the divorce process. It's good for everyone who is involved to know their rights, especially if there is a chance that divorced parents and grandparents are going to disagree about these new roles.

Source: The Toddle, "How Often Should Grandparents See Their Grandchildren," Brandy Dishaw, accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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