Most grandparents value the importance of establishing and fostering relationships with their grandchildren. In many cases, however, the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) deny grandparents to be a part of their grandchild’s life.
Minnesota Statutes §257C.08 allows for reasonable visitation rights of grandparent to their grandchildren in several different situations, including:
- If the grandparent’s child–the grandchild’s parent–is deceased;
- If the grandchild has resided with the grandparent or great-grandparent for a period of one year or more; and
- At any time during or after dissolution, separation, annulment or custody proceedings.
Whether a grandparent will be awarded visitation rights depends on several factors, including the length and nature of their relationship with the grandchild and whether visitation would interfere with a parent-child relationship.
This webpage contains general information and not legal advice. It is based on Minnesota law in effect at the time of writing. An attorney at Farrish Johnson can advise you about how the law applies to your specific situation.