Grandparents’ Rights in Massachusetts
Seek Legal Assistance from Our Wellesley Family Law Attorney
One of the greatest joys a person can experience is becoming a grandparent.
Having an opportunity to protect, educate, and love your grandchildren
can have a huge impact in their lives. However, when the grandchildren’s
parents are experiencing marital issues or will not allow the grandparents
to see their children, the cherished and valuable relationship between
grandparent and grandchild is in jeopardy.
If you are a grandparent who is being denied the right to see your grandchildren
in Massachusetts, our
Wellesley family law attorneys are committed to helping you obtain the outcome you desire. With
more than 20 years of experience, we possess a comprehensive understanding of state laws and court proceedings
to navigate through potential complexities in your case with you.
Understanding Grandparents’ Visitation Rights
In Massachusetts, grandparents have the legal right to file for visitation
of grandchildren. However, the relationship between the grandchild’s
parents and grandchild must adhere to certain stipulations in order for
the grandparent to qualify for visitation rights. Grandparents and parents
can agree about visitation without court litigation.
If that’s not the case, grandparents have the right to ask a court
for visitation if one of the following is applicable:
Parents were married and got
- Parents are still married, but live apart and court order about separation
is in place
- Either or both parents are deceased
- Parents never married, live in separate locations, and the farther signed
a “Voluntary Acknowledgement of parentage” or a court determined
he is the father
- Parents never married, live in separate locations, but the father has not
signed a “Voluntary Acknowledgement of parentage” or there
is no court judgement stating he is the father, the maternal (mother of
child’s parents) grandparents can ask for visitation
- Grandchild’s best interest
- An important relationship between grandparent and grandchild was established
prior to the grandparent visitation case
- It would be very detrimental to the grandchild’s health, safety,
and welfare if their grandparent cannot see them.
Let Us Start Your Case Today
Saponaro Barach Bingham LLP, we are dedicated to helping you and your family successfully transition
into the next chapter of life. Our Wellesley family law attorney can provide
you with personalized legal solutions in order to reunite with your grandchild.
Contact us for a
case consultation today.