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Grandparents' rights: Grandparents as caregivers on the rise

Families in New Jersey come in all shapes and sizes and are brought together for many different reasons. One type of family that is becoming more common these days includes grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Though they may love their grandkids and are happy to provide for them, this family dynamic presents its own unique challenges. Navigating grandparents' rights can be difficult even as the outcome is so rewarding.

A big reason that grandparents have to care for grandchildren is because of drug or alcohol abuse on the part of the children's parents. This is a particularly worsening problem as the opioid crisis continues to grow. One statistic suggests that 40% of grandchildren who live with their grandparents do so because their parents have a substance abuse problem. The children may have behavioral problems, due to being raised in an unstable environment. This alone can present a serious problem for grandparents and they may struggle to find support.

The potential financial strain is another obstacle for many grandparents. They may not have as much means to earn the income necessary to care for children. No matter what, grandparents may need additional support that wouldn't be required if the children were being raised by their own parents. However, that doesn't mean that children living with their grandparents isn't the right choice for them.

It can be difficult for grandparents to determine exactly what rights they may have in providing care or even obtaining visitation of their grandchildren. Those in New Jersey who are unsure of their options may want to consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable grandparents' rights. The most important thing is that children receive the best care possible, and their grandparents may be the best ones to provide that.

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