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All suits for grandparents’ rights involve the question of whether visits with grandparents are in the best interests of the children. Grandparents must generally prove that their visits will not be harmful to the children involved. No grandparents have automatic legal “rights” to see or “visit” their grandchildren.

But in some states, they may have rights to petition the court for visitation in certain situations—frequently in the case of families separated by events such as divorce, incarceration, or the death of a parent. While the rules governing grandparent visitation vary from state to state, generally, a parent must be preventing visits before a grandparent can seek court intervention. For example, grandparents can’t file a visitation action simply because they want more time with their grandchildren. What About Grandparent Visitation Rights? Grandparent visitation is different from custody.

All states of the United States have addressed grandparent visitation in state law. In Canada, six provinces and one territory have legalized grandparents’ visitation rights, and grandparents can still sue as interested parties in the other areas. BEFORE YOU FILE FOR VISITATION WITH YOUR GRANDCHILD REMEMBER THAT IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE-MENTIONED REQUIREMENTS YOU MUST BE ABLE TO SHOW THAT THE CHILD’S PARENT HAS UNREASONABLY DENIED YOU VISITATION AND THAT THE DENIAL HAS CAUSED THE CHILD UNDUE MENTAL, PHYSICAL, OR EMOTIONAL HARM.

In a separate section of the law,, grandparents are allowed to sue for visitation if their child who is the parent of the grandchildren in question is deceased. A similar statute,, allows for visitation as part of a divorce proceeding under a particular set of circumstances. How does the court process work for grandparent visitation? After a grandparent files a petition (legal paperwork) for visitation rights, the court may appoint a “guardian ad litem” (independent advocate and spokesperson) for the child and send the parties to mediation if the court finds that the grandparent can bear the cost.

Often, parties who are sent to mediation can come up with their own visitation. A grandparent must file a petition requesting visitation with the court. A judge will schedule a hearing to review the circumstances of the case and allow the child’s parents to respond.

All of the following factors must be present for a judge to grant grandparent visitatio. In general, a grandparent who wants to ask for visitation with a grandchild must: Figure out if there is a family court case already open As just explained, you first need to figure out if there is a family court case already open involving your grandchild and his or her parents. If so, you can file a petition under that case.

Illinois Grandparent Visitation Rights Explained. Article written by Attorney Kevin O’Flaherty. Updated on. October 28, 2019.

In this article, we explain visitation laws for grandparents in Illinois. While parents have fundamental rights to see and raise their children, grandparents do not. Third party guardians, including grandparents, cannot.

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If the child’s parents agree not to grant visitation rights to the grandparent, then courts operate under the rebuttable presumption that grandparent visitation is not in the best interests of the minor child.

“California Family Law for Paralegals” by Marshall W. Waller
from California Family Law for Paralegals
by Marshall W. Waller
Wolters Kluwer, 2016

In the meantime, we advise grandparents to view visitation as a privilege, not a right and, if this is an issue in your family, check out the current law in your state.

“Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends” by Bruce Fisher, Robert Alberti, Virginia M. Satir
from Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends
by Bruce Fisher, Robert Alberti, Virginia M. Satir
New Harbinger Publications, 2016

If grandparents are shut out, they may sue for visitation rights.

“The Developing Person Through the Life Span (paper)” by Kathleen Stassen Berger
from The Developing Person Through the Life Span (paper)
by Kathleen Stassen Berger
Worth Publishers, 2004

The child resided in the home of the grandparent for a period of twelve (12) months or more and was subsequently removed from the home by the parent or parents (this grandparent-grandchild relationship establishes a rebuttable presumption that denial of visitation may result in irreparable harm to the

“Richards on Tennessee Family Law” by Janet Leach Richards
from Richards on Tennessee Family Law
by Janet Leach Richards
LexisNexis, 2020

Undoubtedly there will be further litigation challenging to other states’ laws on the subject of grandparent visitations.

“An Introduction to the American Legal System” by John Malcolm Scheb
from An Introduction to the American Legal System
by John Malcolm Scheb
West/Thomson Learning, 2002

The state court may require that grandparents show that harm will occur to the child if they do not get visitation rights.

“Issues in Aging” by Mark Novak
from Issues in Aging
by Mark Novak
Taylor & Francis, 2015

The court shall continue to permit the parent or legal guardian to visit the child unless it finds that visitation would be detrimental to the child.

“California Advance Sheet February 2012” by Fastcase
from California Advance Sheet February 2012
by Fastcase
Fastcase Inc,

In most states, courts can grant visitation rights to grandparents, although these laws vary from state to state.

“Paralegal Today: The Legal Team at Work” by Roger LeRoy Miller, Mary Meinzinger
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by Roger LeRoy Miller, Mary Meinzinger
Cengage Learning, 2016

No petition for grandparent visitation should be dismissed without a hearing where the petition alleges that a relationship existed between the grandparent and the child.

“Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, Third Edition” by Richard Rosner, Charles Scott
from Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, Third Edition
by Richard Rosner, Charles Scott
CRC Press, 2017

Shortly after receiving sole custody and permission to relocate, the paternal grandmother sued for—and won—visitation.

“Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody” by Phyllis Chesler
from Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody
by Phyllis Chesler
Chicago Review Press, 2011

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