Grandparent and Third-Party Rights

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What are commonly referred to as Grandparent's Rights and Third-Parry Rights in Arizona is regulated in part by A.R.S. §25-409. When someone is seeking Grandparent or Third-Party Rights they are generally doing so for one of two reasons: the parent(s) are unfit and it is not in the children's best interests to remain with them or the grandparent/third-party has a relationship with the child and the parent is denying visitation. This area of law can be fairly complicated and we recommend you consult with one of our experienced family law attorneys to discuss your matter.

A Bit of Information About Grandparent/Third-Party Rights in Arizona:

This page is meant to educate you regarding some of the aspects of Grandparent's and Third-Party Rights in Arizona. Please understand, this page is intended to be educational only and each case has specific issues that may effect the information below. We recommend you consider discussing your matter with an experienced attorney.

  • Grandparent and third-party rights
  • Unfit Parents
  • Denied Visitation

If the parent(s) of a child are not allowing a third-party visitation, the third-party may have an ability to petition the Court. The court gives special weight to the wishes of the parents but if the third-party can meet the statutory requirements of A.R.S. §25-409, they may be successful in receiving an award of visitation from the Court. In making the determination, the Court considers all relevant factors. Some of which are: the relationship between the child and the third-party, the motivation of the third-party, the motivation of the parent, how much visitation is being requested and how it impacts the child’s routines, and, where the child’s parents are deceased, the benefit of maintaining the relationship with the third-party. (See A.R.S. §25-409). There may be other considerations and burdens for the third-party to meet. If you are attempting to enforce third-party visitation or object to a third-party’s visitation, you should seek the advice of an experienced attorney.

Find Out What Your Rights Are


Schedule a consultation with an experienced attorneys to find out what rights you have.