Rights of Grandparents

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

The legal way to give formal notice is to have the other side "served" with a copy of the paperwork that you have filed with the court.

Guardianships, dependency proceedings, getting a child out of a shelter, visitation rights of grandparents, when permanent custody is necessary, adoption, foster care, public benefits, relative caregiver options chart, and school issues.

A child's relative or non-relative can fill out this form to enroll a child in school and make some decisions about the child's well-being.

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Grandparents should voice their interest in establishing visitation with the child to the child welfare agency and the juvenile court as soon as possible after the child is removed from the parent"s home

In some situations, grandparents can petition the court to visit their grandchild.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

Federal, state, and local programs are available to help you raise children who have disabilities.

Are you a grandparent or other relative raising another family member’s children? More than two million children are being raised by relatives because their parents cannot care for them. Regular medical care is important to help the children you are raising grow up healthy and happy.

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