Families grow through marriage. Newlyweds welcome each other's families into their lives. When children come into the picture, family dynamics may increase and grandparents may play an active role in the care of their grandchildren and upbringing. Potentially they may provide free or affordable childcare when needed, pay for their education, extra-curricular activities and more. But, when a marriage with children ends in divorce with potentially long and bitter child custody and visitation issues, what happens to a grandparent's rights to see his or her grandchildren?
Divorce with children is never easy. Long contentious and bitter battles between parents for child custody can go on for years after a divorce.
In most situations, divorced parents have a right see their children. However, bitter and contentious divorces can lead to visitation disputes where children are used as leverage.
Katie Holmes may be preparing for an interesting day in court. The actress, who recently filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after 5 years of marriage, is reportedly seeking sole legal child custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, in addition to primary residential custody.
One couple recently discovered that an amicable divorce proceeding came at the expense of long-term planning in their division of marital assets.