Parents who decide to go their separate ways do not divorce their children or their children’s grandparents when they call it quits although they may wonder if it’s worth all the effort to keep the grandchild – grandparent relationship strong after the divorce.
While every situation is certainly unique, the research shows that continuing to foster the relationship between children and grandparents can be beneficial. In fact, a study out of Boston College reveals that a close, emotional relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can have a measurable effect on the psychological well-being of both.
This is particularly important when it comes to kids, considering that today millions of children between the ages of 3-17 are affected by anxiety and depression, numbers that are trending upward. Not only can parents play a crucial role in their child’s healthy development, it appears that the emotional support grandchildren receive from their grandparents leads to better psychological health.
Of course, most parents want their grandparents to be involved in their children’s lives and try their best to include grandparents in family plans. That said, the most successful relationships between parents, children and grandparents involve observing healthy boundaries, where grandparents do not undermine the role or responsibilities of the parents, while parents allow room for grandparents to build a special relationship with their grandchild. Flexibility is king as is communication to keep the good vibes going for the benefit of the children.
After a divorce, some families may struggle to make time for their grandchildren to spend time with their grandparents, overlooking the potential benefits a relationship between a grandchild and grandparent can bring. If you are a grandparent seeking continued visitation with a grandchild after a divorce, it may be worthwhile to work with a family law attorney who can advise you on your options in court or refer you to resources that can help. Our attorneys have decades of experience with complex grandparent visitation rights cases. Call (414) 210-3135 or send an email for your free initial consultation.