Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
The grandparents may have legal visitation rights, but they probably will not be recognized unless there is a written order from a court. For example, it is unlikely that police officers would enforce the grandparents' rights to visit the children against the wishes of the parents, if there is no court order stating that the grandparents have visitation rights. If you are concerned that the grandparents might try to interfere with your rights as a parent or perhaps unlawfully take the children from you, then you may want to consult with an attorney to get help in preventing such.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Doi/Luke, Attorneys at Law, LLLC | Gavin K. Doi
Grandparents *may* have potential visitation rights. Hawaii statutes provide for a possible award of visitation by the Family Court to (1) grandparents; and (2) other third parties. This would require the person seeking visitation rights however, to file a petition to the Court; they do not exist without a Court order.
Answer Applies to: Hawaii
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
NO. GRANDPARENTS HAVE NO RIGHTS. Absolutely zero rights for grandparents. I get this question every day. Tell Grandma to hug a tree and if she does not like it you will cut her out of the child's life like the cancer she is to be. Say it with a straight face because she has absolutely no rights and trying to force you to do what she want proves she has none. Grandmas take note, be nice to your children and your their spouses. A new day has dawned. Effective Sept. 1, 2011 the Texas Family Code has been modified and while Grandparents had very few rights before, there are even less now and the law has teeth - if a Grandparent fights for custody and looses, Grandparent pays attorney's fees for the winning parent. Furthermore the law was changed to remove the word "possession" for Grandparents and replaced with the word "access".
Answer Applies to: Texas
The Law Office of Erin Farley | Erin Farley
Grandparents have the ability to file in court for visitation to obtain legal rights to see grandchildren. But if a court action has not occured (and you would have to be notified), then grandma has no ability to force you to let her see the children.
Answer Applies to: California
The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
Grandparents have the right to visit their grandchildren in Alabama. Any grandparent may file an action to enforce their grandparents visitation rights if the grandparents visitation is in the best interest of the child and one of the following conditions are met:One or both parents of the grandchild have diedThe parents of the grandchild have divorcedA parent of the grandchild has abandoned the childThe grandchild was born outside a marriageIf the parents of the grandchild are still married and living together but one or both of the parents are using their authority to prevent a grandparents relationship with their grandchild.The courts will look to see if a grandparents visitation is inbest interest of the child. When determining if a grandparents visitation rights are within the best interest of a child, the courts will look to the following factors for guidance:The grandparents willingness to cultivate a relationship with the child and his parentsThe grandchild's preferenceThe health of the grandchildThe mental and physical health of the grandparentsAny evidence of domestic violence between one parent and another parent, parent and child, or between parent and grandparentAny other relevant factors, including the preferences of any living parent
Answer Applies to: Alabama
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
She has no rights whatsoever unless and until a court gives her some rights. In Colorado, the only "rights" she can get is "visitation" and that depends on all the facts, primarily whether or not there is a court custody case in progress. If there is not any current custody dispute going on between you and your husband, the grandmother is not in a position to even ask a court for grandparent visitation.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
She would have to file a petition under Florida StatuteChapter 752 (GrandparentalVisitationRights) to establish these rights and the court would have to find that it was in the best interests of the child before this type of visitation was ordered.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
Grandparents can petition the court for visitation when the parents are separating or divorcing and the grandparent stands to lose contact with a grandchild or children they have established a close relationship with. If it is a situation where your husband just does not want contact with his mother it would be difficult for her to assert those rights.
Answer Applies to: Arkansas