Grandparent Custody on the Rise
Being a parent is a challenge. While the degree of difficulty can vary from household to household. Generally speaking, raising a son or daughter is physically, emotionally, and financially demanding. So, when the time comes for a parent to move onto the honor role of grandparent, there is certain amount of relief that comes with the position. However, many grandparents today are finding themselves being thrust back into the role of active parent. While this is not a particularly novel situation, it is on the rise.
Of course, there can be a multitude of reasons for a grandparent to become sole caretaker or a child. Some reasons for this vary between incarcerated biological parents to a tragic death in the family. Many grandparents find themselves with little to no choice in the matter of custody. Without them, many children would end up in foster care or without a home. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, roughly 7 million grandparents are living with a child they are responsible for across America. Of those millions of grandparents raising children, roughly 40% are the primary caretakers. Researchers have found this is up by 22 percent since the turn of the century, and is not isolated to one part of the country or another. These numbers are up across the board.
The trick many that grandparents have found is finding a proper support structure and knowing when to ask for help. If you are a grandparent who has custody or is seeking custody of a grandchild and need legal counsel, contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks for a free consultation.
We have helped many grandparents seeking custody secure an arrangement that’s in the best interest of their family. Call us today to find out how we can help you. The Law Office of Rick D. Banks can be reached at (559) 222-4891.