Under ideal circumstances, grandparents would get to visit their children
as often as they like, but if for whatever reason a person denies grandparents
visitation of their grandchildren, grandparents must go to court to try and secure
In some states grandparents simply have to show that visitation on their
part is in the best interest of the grandchild. This is often enough for
grandparents to obtain the right to visitation. Some states, however,
are stricter about grandparents' rights. Not only do grandparents
have to show that visitation is in the best interest of the child, but
they must also show that the child's parents have denied them any
opportunities to see their grandchildren.
For example in states like Alabama, Florida, and Utah, grandparents cannot
make a legal case for visitation if the child's parents permit them
to see their grandchildren from time to time. In these states it does
not matter how infrequently grandparents are allowed to visit. In Minnesota
and Pennsylvania grandparents have no rights to take their case to court
unless their grandchildren have previously lived with them.
If you are hoping to seek
grandparental rights so you can visit your grandchildren,
contact Hutchinson Law now to learn about your legal options. By speaking with a Jacksonville
family lawyer, you'll have a better idea of what you're up against.