Massachusetts Grandparents’ Rights
Let Our Framingham Family Law Attorneys Help You Establish Visitation
Although parents are typically the main figures in a child’s life,
grandparents have a significant involvement in raising their grandchildren
in many families. In the event of a
child custody dispute, grandparents have rights to obtain visitation with their grandkids.
If you are interested in establishing visitation in a Massachusetts family
law court, our experienced legal team at
Saponaro Barach Bingham LLP can help you obtain such rights in order for you to have continued relationship
with your grandchild. We can review your case and determine the best course
of legal action to get the outcome you desire.
Eligibility for Grandparent Visitation Rights
In Massachusetts, a grandparent can request a court-ordered visitation
if the child’s parents are divorced, separated but still married,
were never married and not living together, or one or both parents are deceased.
Furthermore, grandparents and parents can reach a visitation agreement
without stepping foot in a courtroom. However, if a parent objects to
granting grandparent visitation rights, a grandparent can still get a
court order to visit his/her grandchild.
The court can award grandparents some visitation if they are able to demonstrate
all of the following:
- It is in the child’s best interest for the grandparent to visit
- The grandparent has a strong relationship with the grandchild prior to
the visitation case
- Without grandparent visitation, the grandchild’s health, safety,
and welfare is in harm’s way
If a grandparent hasn’t established a relationship with the grandchild
before the court hearing, it is possible to still obtain visitation. As
long as the grandparent can show a risk of substantial harm without visitation.
Let Us Guide You Through the Legal Process Today
Our Framingham family law attorney can explain your rights, determine if
you have a valid case, and help you navigate the intricacies of the legal
process. We can also help you draft a petition which details the dates
you would like to visit your grandchild.
Contact us and discuss your case with our skilled legal team today.