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When may a grandparent seek visitation with their grandchild?

Practically all grandparents love their grandkids even before they have a chance to meet them. Even if they do not have strong relationships with their own children, Tennessee grandparents often go out of their way to make sure that their grandchildren know and understand just how much they love them. It is for this reason that some grandparents feel compelled to seek legal intervention when they are not able to be with their grandchildren as much as they would like. In Tennessee, grandparents may seek visitation with their grandkids only under certain conditions.

Grandparent visitation may be pursued if either a child's mother or father is dead and the parents of the deceased parent wish to secure time with their grandchild. The disappearance of a parent for at least six preceding months may allow also grandparents to pursue time with their grandchildren. The same holds true if the parents of the child are not married or have divorced: grandparent visitation may be possible under such circumstances.

Also, Tennessee courts will generally honor out-of-state orders that provide grandparents with visitation rights to their grandkids. Additionally, if a grandparent had custody of a child for at least a year or if the child and the grandparent enjoyed a significantly close relationship for at least a year, then a court may award the grandparent time with their grandchild.

Like other matters related to the custody and visitation of children, courts will look to protect the interests of those youths whose legal matters appear in their courts. To learn more about grandparent visitation in Tennessee, readers can direct their questions to their trusted family law attorneys.

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