When parents divorce, it can be very confusing and disheartening to consider the issue over the visitation rights that grandparents have. Although a divorce leads to disconnection and brokeness for the parents, often the grandparents still wish to maintain their relationship with the grandchild. In addition, many grandparents are the sole caretaker of the grandchild.
No matter how positive the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild may be, the courts make their decisions in the best interests of the child and therefore, some grandparents may not be granted visitation.
However, the rights of the grandparents are considered after the rights of the parents, in the case of visitation. Grandparents may become involved, particularly if they feel that the child’s well-being is threatened by abuse, neglect or addiction. In addition, many grandparents may pursue legal options if there is a dispute amongst family members that prevents them from seeing their grandchildren.
The laws are different for each state, but in Kentucky, the grandparents may be granted visitation if the courts determine that it is in the best interest of the child.
If the grandparent (or grandparents) has been the child’s primary caretaker, he or she may be able to keep those same rights as the parents. The court will weigh their decision based on a number of factors, including the child’s age, wishes of the parents and child, the relationship between the child and parents and the child’s ability to adjust to a new environment, school and community.
Because of the extensive circumstances and complications surrounding the law, it is extremely important to consult your Northern Kentucky family law attorney.
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