Whether you just lost an adult child to an accident or to illness – or you’ve seen your grown child struggle with drug addiction, criminal behavior, or just the inability to take care of his or her own children – you want to step in and “do something.” Not only do you want to help your child, but you also want to aid your grandchildren.
In June, the South Carolina legislature passed a powerful bill designed to empower grandparents and give them rights regarding the wellness and care of their grandchildren. But even if you have more rights now than you did eight months ago, the journey can be an arduous one.
Grandparents caught in a family crisis can feel pulled in multiple directions:
1. You feel a need to care for your child.
Perhaps your biological child is sick or injured. Or perhaps he or she has been struggling with a drug abuse problem, mental illness or a destructive relationship. You love your child, no matter what’s happened, and you want to assist somehow.
2. You need to protect your grandkids.
Perhaps your child (and/or his or her partner) made dangerous or just incompetent decisions regarding the welfare of the grandchildren. You feel a responsibility to step in and do something, before the children get hurt or suffer emotional injury.
3. You need to take care of yourself (and possibly your spouse).
You may not be as vigorous and as flexible as you once were. Raising young children is a “full contact sport,” by any measure. You want to seek custody, but you may simultaneously worry about your own ability to provide care and nurturance.
To deal with these moving pieces – the concerns about yourself, about your children and about your grandchildren – you may need a sensitive and diverse strategy.
Fortunately, the team here at Toussaint Law Firm can help you understand what rights you may have and to fight aggressively and systematically for them. Call our offices at (864) 888-1900 today for a consultation!