First, the good news.

That prominently features empirical data showing that grandparents in Arkansas and nationally are often welcomed with open and loving arms into the homes of their grandchildren.

We spotlighted research findings that decidedly indicate that in a recent blog post. Our January 10 entry noted that grandpa and grandma typically have a “high level of trust posited in them on wide-ranging child-centric matters.”

Now, the caveat, to wit: All is not harmony in every American home when it comes to grandparents’ involvement in their grandkids’ lives. Mothers and fathers sometimes object to their moms and dads being anywhere near the kids. The reasons offered for such reluctance vary considerably, but coalesce in the bottom line that it is largely parental prerogatives that determine issues surrounding grandparents’ rights.

We cite the legal standard applicable to that subject matter on a page of our website at Robertson, Oswalt, Nony & Associates addressing Arkansas grandparents’ family law rights. We note therein that “a parent’s choice is determinative on the issue of grandparent visitation.”

That is a bedrock canon, but it is not an absolute rule. We underscore on our site that there are “many exceptions” to an initial judicial premise disposed toward favoring parents’ wishes in grandparents’ rights matters. Here are just a couple representative examples from a longer list:

  • Instances where a close and enduring grandparent/grandchild bond can be shown
  • Instances where parental lack of fitness can be demonstrated (family violence or substance abuse, for example)

Many Arkansas grandparents have questions and concerns that center on children. They can turn to experienced Little Rock family law attorneys for guidance and, when necessary, diligent representation to promote their legal rights.