In West Virginia, there are more than 28,000 children living in the homes of grandparents or other relatives. One of the challenges relative caregivers face is establishing a legal relationship with the child or children in their care.This guide was designed to provide an overview of options for relative caregivers in the state of West Virginia.
Prepared with the support and Development of: Legal Aid of West Virginia, WV Childrens Defense Fund, Senior Legal Aid, the WVU School of Law, and the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services.
In any case involving parenting time with children, both parties will need to file their proposed "Parenting Plan." The necessary forms are posted on the web site of the WV Supreme Court. You will need the Propsed Parenting Plan Instructions (4 pages); the Proposed Parenting Plan form (12 pages); the Parenting Plan Worksheet (4 pages); and the Motion to Adopt Proposed Parenting Plan (1 page).
West Virginia law protects a grandparent's right to visit with a grandchild in some situations. At the same time West Virginia law also protects the parent-child relationship from interference by grandparents. This article will help you understand the considerations.