What rights do grandparents have to their grandchildren?

By Mary Ann Burmester
January 02, 2017
What rights do grandparents have to their grandchildren?

Grandparents have either the rights to visit with their grandchildren, under certain circumstances, or if their parents are unable or unwilling to raise them on their own, the grandparents can either seek custody or, more commonly, guardianship of the grandchildren. Again, it has to be under certain circumstances, but basically that's what we think of when we talk about grandparents’ rights: either visitation or actually raising them in a custody arrangement or guardianship situation.


Mary Ann Burmester is a family lawyer practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has more than 25 years of experience in family law. To learn more about Mary and her firm, NM Divorce & Custody Law LLC, visit www.nmdivorcecustody.com.

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January 02, 2017
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