Whether grandparents have visitation rights in California may be a complex family law issue. State law provides procedures for some grandparents' rights.
A grandparent may seek visitation rights through the courts. In granting reasonable visitation, the court must find that the grandparent and grandchild had a pre-existing relationship. Also, the court will only grant visitation if it is in the grandchild's best interests, due to the bond between the grandparent and grandchild. The court must also balance the child's best interests in having this visitation, with the parents' rights to make decisions about their child.