Many grandparents may look forward to a long relationship with their grandchildren. When family circumstances change suddenly, you may worry about your ability to see your grandchildren and be part of their lives.
There are several situations in which you can have visitation rights with your grandchildren.
After a divorce
The Minnesota legislature says that you can petition a court for visitation rights after a marriage ends. A court usually considers the best interests of the children. Officials may evaluate how present you have been in your grandchildren’s lives and how the entire family gets along. Additionally, courts usually want to make sure that granting visitation rights will not obstruct the relationship that your grandchildren have with their parents. You may also seek visitation rights after your adult child has an annulment or a legal separation.
After a parent dies
If your adult child dies, you usually still have the right to see your grandchildren. Again, a court typically evaluates your situation. A court considers whether you were in touch with your adult child before his or her death, as well as the relationship that you have with your grandchildren.
After an adoption
A stepparent may sometimes adopt your grandchildren. Stepparent adoption usually ends the parental rights of a biological parent. Your adult child may no longer play a role in your grandchildren’s lives but you may still want to see them. In this situation, you can petition a court so that you can still visit your grandchildren and continue your relationship with them.
Your grandchildren are an important part of your life. Seeking visitation rights ensures that you will be able to play an active role in their lives.