Please contact Billye Wilda, Maricopa County Grandparent Advocate.
1642 N 24th street
She is a paralegal (now called document preparer) who is an expert on
Grandparent rights. She'll give you a free consultm and charges
reasonalble priced thereafter.
We met her after our case was bungled due to someone else's
incompetence and she is wonderful.
Here are other helpful links:
Also, I found many laws/statutes on record in AZ can be "bent" or
changed to apply to grandparents.
Expect a long battle and forget CPS unless there is vivible abuse.
Healed bones and bruises don't count. An empty refrigerator, or a body
rash that never is treated don't count. Children being underweight
don't count. Having loaded weapons, unsecured in the house doesn't
count. Doing drugs, but not when CPS is there, doesn't count. CPS will
only help you if they SEE the child beaten.
If I sound cynical, I am. I have found that one can lie in the
courtoom, and break all "rules" and win. Be careful.
Collect pictures of you and the child, drawings the child made you,
reciepts for clothing, and things you bought for the child. Establish
I wish you luck. Remain persistent and document EVERYTHING, with date
and time. Record phone calls. This is legal and allowed. Save anything
you have that shows you have had a pre-existing relationship. This
will help tremendously.