Third-Party / Grandparents Rights

Under Arizona law, grandparents may have certain rights to custody and visitation with their grandchildren. Grandparents rights should be balanced with parents’ constitutional right of control over their children. At the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, in Phoenix, we are dedicated to protecting a grandparent’s rights to have access to their grandchildren and also a parent’s right to protect their children.

We know that each family is different. Sometimes grandparents’ right to see their grandchildren can be critical to the life of those children. Other times, parents may want to prevent that visitation from occurring. Regardless of your situation, we can help.

We use forceful advocacy and more than two decades of experience to help families achieve the best possible results in grandparents’ rights cases. We have built a history of success in this area and we continue to strive for success in each and every case we take on. Karen Schoenau handled a case that was on the front lines of grandparents’ rights in Arizona. She has been successful in attaining custody and visitation rights for grandparents through the in loco parentis law as well as through guardianship, dependency proceedings and the grandparents visitation statute. She has also successfully represented parents who have good faith reasons for limiting grandparent access.

The Best Interests of the Child

In determining grandparents’ visitation rights, the court considers the best interests of the grandchildren. To determine what those best interests are, judges look to a series of factors under Arizona law:

Grandparents Rights
  • History of the relationship between the child and the grandparent seeking visitation
  • Reason the grandparent seeks visitation
  • Reason of the parent or other person denying or limiting visitation
  • The visitation offered by the parent
  • Quality of the visitation time and the potential impact that visitation will have on the child’s activities
  • If the child’s parents have passed away, the benefit of maintaining a relationship with the grandparents
  • What type of contact is in the best interests of the child
Talk to our Phoenix Grandparents’ Rights Attorney

When you have questions about your rights as a grandparent, talk to our experienced lawyer. Get real answers that apply to your situation. Contact us at 480-209-1918.

Client Reviews
Karen is highly respected in the legal community. She is effective and thorough. Karen just keeps going regardless of the odds.
Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
Very high customer/client considerate. We found Karen when we were forced to leave another Phoenix lawyer due to his bad advice and lack of interest to help us. We were in Phoenix for six days from Michigan with nothing happening but a high wasted expense. Karen and her firm took us in and solved our issue with the courts etc. in two and a half days. Karen’s professionalism with us was very cost effective/productive. If we would have found her first, we would have saved thousands of dollars. Her interest for us was very high. She returned every call. She knew every answer to our questions. She did this for us with a death in her family. She left for a funeral and made sure we were treated with the same professionalism from her firm to finish up. I recommend Karen and her firm with very high satisfaction. Our case is custody with one parent in prison. We will return to Phoenix someday with interests for the child and his parent, if needed. Karen will be our top choice. Nolan
Karen and Bonita are wonderful!! I know that the word "wonderful" is used a lot, but the team they make and the work they did for me can only be described as WONDERFUL!! Yes there where ups and downs in my case, but that is the system and Karen along with Bonita guided and taught me as "WE" went through it together. Karen’s easy going manner and her knowledge really helped me with the emotional part of my divorce. I used the team of Karen and Bonita both times I needed to go to court with my ex and had results that were best for my little girl. Some times I did not get what I wanted, but it was what my daughter needed. Looking back at my case, I made the right choice and would do it again in a heart beat!! Jim
Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna