Grandparents whose relationships are strained with their own children can often find themselves cut off from their grandchildren. Unfortunately, under Minnesota law, grandparents’ rights are strictly limited. If, for example, your child’s marriage is intact and both spouses agree you should not see their children, the court will not override the parents’ prerogative to prohibit visitation. However, if your grandchild’s family is not intact, the court will inquire as to whether contact with you is in the child’s best interest. If you have a preexisting, affectionate relationship with your child, or other factors weigh in your favor, the court may grant limited visitation rights.
Minnesota law recognizes the following circumstances in which a court can grant grandparent visitation:
Under certain circumstances, especially if a child is removed from the parents’ home, it may be appropriate for grandparents to seek custody of their grandchild.
If you’d like further information about grandparents’ rights in Minnesota, schedule a free consultation with our family law attorneys at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
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