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Arizona grandparents raising grandkids may get help from new bill

While many grandparents do not envision themselves taking another crack at parenthood, for some Arizona residents that is exactly what happens. Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in Arizona may be interested to learn of a bill that is making its way through the Arizona legislature. If it becomes law, this proposed bill will have a definite effect on child custody for grandparents in the state.

The bill aims to assist grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and who are struggling financially. It is known as the "Grandparent's Stipend" bill and would provide $75 per month to grandparents for each grandchild who is in their custody. While this amount may not sound like a lot, for individuals who have extremely tight budgets, every dollar counts when it comes to supporting grandchildren financially when those grandchildren are in their physical custody.

When children are placed with their grandparent because it is in the best interest of the child, the burden of supporting the children rests on the grandparents. If the individuals who receive custody are retired, they may end up having to return to work. And with the present state of the economy, that may not be as easy as it sounds.

Arizona's Children's Action Alliance estimates the number of children in the state being raised by grandparents at around 60,000. While this bill has not been signed into law, it can't be denied that many grandparents in Arizona who have custody of their grandchildren would be very happy to see the proposal become a reality.

Source: abc15.com, "Bill making its way through the Arizona legislature could help grandparents raising grandkids," Monica Lempert, April 13, 2013

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