Virginia grandparent's rights cases present numerous challenges. In many cases, there is some underlying estrangement from the parents of the grandchild that has forced legal action to obtain some right of access to the child. This can be problematic and requires very careful analysis of the possible courses of action. Other times, the grandparents may be attempting to formalize a factual situation legally, where the parents are incapacitated and can no longer care for the child or children.
This could occur due medical or health issues, problems related to substance abuse or incarceration, or in the case of the death of the parents. If both parents are killed in a motor vehicle accident, the grandparents will often step in to raise the children. Sometime the tragedy is self-induced, as the case of Jovan Belcher.