There is a common belief today that people who are considered to be family don’t have to be related by blood. British Columbia family law says it is incumbent upon adults to do what is in the best interests of children and sometimes that may mean including people in their lives who are positive role models, although not biologically family — like bonus grandparents, for instance. Divorce can be particularly difficult for kids who are likely being co-parented, so when caring people can step in for a bit, it may be a positive experience for everyone.
Grandparents — whether biological, step-grandparents or pseudo-grandparents — can play a vital role in children’s lives. These individuals can focus on the needs of the children who may be going through tough times amid their parents’ divorces. They can be in the moment with kids without taking the side of one parent over the other and children perceive that.
Even when grandparents might disagree with one parent or the other, their focus is usually just seeing that the children are happy. In fact, they can take the children’s minds off what is going on between their parents, even for a short time. They can be a source of comfort and security.
Grandparents have certain rights under family law in British Columbia. Those who have questions about what those legalities are may wish to speak with a lawyer experienced in these issues. In certain cases a lawyer may be able to help a client to obtain guardianship of his or her grandchildren or in getting to see them when circumstances have prevented that from occurring.