As the dynamics and structures of Tennessee families change, it can be hard for non-immediate members to stay connected and close to each other. This may be especially true if hostilities or conflict force certain individuals to end their relationships and alienation occurs between the two sides of a child's family. When two parents divorce or end their relationship it can be hard on their kids to stay close to their aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
Grandparents, though, can seek visitation time with their grandchildren in Tennessee. The circumstances under which this can happen are narrow, and this post will briefly address them. Divorce or the end of a relationship can give grandparents the right to seek visitation time with their grandchildren.
Another event that may give grandparents the right to seek visitation is death. When a child's parent dies the parents of the deceased individual may be able to petition for visitation time with their grandchildren. Similarly, when a parent abandons their child the parents of the abandoning parent may be able to secure visitation time as well. Readers should be aware that these are not the only circumstances that may give rise to grandparent visitation rights.
Grandparent visitation will not always be awarded. It must serve the best interests of the affected children and the failing to award visitation must put the child under the substantial threat of harm. It can be difficult for grandparents to fight for their rights to visitation with their grandchildren, but achieving it is not impossible. Family law attorneys in the state of Tennessee can help individuals work through the legal requirements for filing and advocating for grandparent visitation between them and the children that they love.