Last week this Hamilton-based legal blog discussed an important United States Supreme Court case concerning the rights of grandparents to seek visitation time with their grandchildren. In the decision the Court determined that parents have a right to decide with whom their children spend their time, but this determination did not prevent the child's grandparents from seeking reasonable visitation time with them.
One of the keys to the Supreme Court decision is the application and interpretation of the term "reasonable." Like many other matters that concern family law issues, reasonableness with regards to grandparent visitation may revolve around what serves the best interests of the child. What may be reasonable for one family may not serve any purpose for another family.
No grandparent should simply have to give up their relationship with their grandchild because of issues concerning their child's parenting or custodial rights. A broken link between a child and a parent should not completely sever the connection between a child and their grandparent.
Attorney Sam Byrd understands the delicate line that grandparents must walk when their children and children's spouses end their relationships and subject their grandchildren to new custodial arrangements. It can be difficult for a grandparent to ask for time with a child who already must share their parents and give up the home life that they enjoyed when their parents were together. However, because grandparents are valuable loved ones in their grandchildren's lives and because the courts of Tennessee recognize reasonable visitation for them, grandparents can advocate for time with their grandchildren if they desire it.