Protecting Grandparents Rights
At Kennedy & Kennedy Law Office, we understand the special nature of the grandparent-grandchild relationship. Grandparents are caregivers, mentors, friends and much more. Unfortunately, certain circumstances can threaten a grandparent’s access to the grandchild. If you find yourself in such a situation, our Mankato family law attorneys can help you explore your legal options.
In Minnesota, the guiding principle in all child custody and visitation matters is protecting the best interests of the children involved. So it is with grandparents’ rights. Every situation is different, but common circumstances in which a grandparent may be awarded visitation rights include:
- When the parents of the grandchild get divorced
- When the parent who is the child of the grandparents dies
- When the grandchild has been living with the grandparents for at least 12 months
- When issues such as child endangerment, abuse and neglect pose a threat to the grandchild
This area of law is complex and dependent upon the unique circumstances of your situation. To learn more about your rights as a grandparent, talk to a lawyer who is focused on child custody and other family law issues.