Grandparents often provide important stability and support for children who are experiencing various situations. In certain cases, Minnesota law allows for grandparents to obtain custody or visitation rights to their grandchildren. During the legal process, courts will look at very specific issues in order to grant such rights while also protecting the rights of parents. All decisions will ultimately be guided by what is in the best interest of the child. If there is a dispute about your rights as a grandparent, you need to have professional representation in order to protect your rights.
With regard to custody, the rules are very specific and limited. Minnesota courts recognize the immense importance of protecting a parents’ own rights, but if the child/children are not safe, courts can look for alternative living situations with the child’s/children’s grandparents. However, before a grandparent can obtain custody, they need to fit within very specific requirements in order to bring an action.
As for visitation rights, this depends on what has happened with the children’s parents. If a parent has died, the grandparents can seek visitation to assure the children continue their relationship with their side of the family. Again, there are very specific requirements which must be met before such a petition can be granted. If met, the court will look at what is best for the children and determine whether or not such visitation will interfere with the surviving parent’s relationship with the children.
At Heller & Thyen, P.A., our knowledgeable attorneys and staff understand the specifics of what is needed to help grandparents with their rights. They will assist and work with the grandparents to guide them through this intricate process to fully explain to them what can and cannot be done under Minnesota law.
If you’re looking for a family law attorney who specializes in grandparent rights, you have come to the right place. Contact Heller & Thyen, P.A. today!