Being separated from someone that you love dearly is heartbreaking. This is the case for numerous Minnesota grandparents and for grandparents all across the United States. In the not so distant past it would seem almost unheard of for a grandchild to be kept from developing a meaningful relationship with his or her grandparents on either side of the family. Children should never be used as pawns in disputes between parents or parent to grandparent disagreements. In many such cases, a Family Law Attorney at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn can assist with establishing Grandparent’s Rights to see the children when doing so is in the child’s best interest.
Best Interest of the Child
The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild can be one of the most loving, cherished and nurturing for a growing child. However, in a society where divorce has become commonplace, relationships can become strained for any number of reasons. The Best Interest of the Child must be front and center when determining the involvement of relatives, including maternal and paternal grandparents.
Strained Family Relationships
When a problem exists between the generations, relationships between Grandparents and Grandchildren can become strained. The emotional impact felt by both child and grandparent can be quite profound. A Family Law Attorney can help to open up the lines of communication and make sure that the child’s needs are met by an appropriate adult.
Common Reasons Why Generational Family Relationships Become Strained:
- Divorce or Break Up of parent relationship
- Death of a Parent
- Parent Incarceration
- Alcohol or Chemical Abuse by parent
- Poor Communication between parents and grandparents
- Disagreement on Child Raising
- Control or Familial Boundary Issues
Grandparent’s Rights Considerations
Minnesota allows grandparents to petition the court for visitation rights under the following conditions:
- Following the death of the child’s parent who was also the grandparent’s own child.
- The grandparent has been the caregiver for child for at least 1 year.
- Following a Recognition of Parentage document that designates the father of a child.
- Request made after proceedings for annulment, dissolution of marriage, legal separation or child custody.
Experienced MN Family Law Attorney
If you are a grandparent who is heartbroken over the separation from your grandchildren, you may have the right to establish Grandparent Visitation. An experienced Minnesota Family Law Attorney can assist with setting up temporary or more permanent arrangements for visitation or upbringing. Let Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn Law Firm protect your Grandchild’s Best Interest and your rights as a loving grandparent.
Contact Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn Law Firm for help with Grandparent’s Visitation Rights via our Online Form or at (763) 427-5131.