If your grandchild’s parents are getting divorced and you are afraid that you won’t be able to visit your grandchild anymore, talk to the parents. Let them know you would like to continue visiting the grandchild on a regular basis. Try to come to an agreement with the parents.
If you reach an agreement, ask the parents or guardian to include this agreement for regular visitation with the court order for custody and visitation.
If you cannot come to an agreement with the parents, you can ask the court to order grandparent visitation as part of the custody and visitation order. The court will respect the wishes of the parent of the child unless there are very unusual circumstances, such as when a parent is unfit.
Usually the court considers custody and visitation as part of a divorce or parentage case. In these cases, custody is called “parental rights and responsibilities” and visitation is called “parent-child contact.” See our page on Child Custody and Visitation for more information.
You must ask the court in writing for visitation rights. Send a copy of your request to each parent. A lawyer can help you do this.