Grandparent Rights

Jackson MS Grandparent Rights Lawyers Mississippi

Helping Grandparents Access Their Grandchildren

Grandparents can play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren. Some see their grandchildren on a frequent basis, while other may only see them during the holiday season. In either case, many of us have fond memories of joyful times with our grandparents.

Unfortunately, when a divorce in the family occurs, grandparents often lose their ability to see their grandchildren, despite the positive impact grandparents make. There is no common law right to grandparent visitation; however, there are certain circumstances which the grandparents can petition the court for visitation rights if necessary.

With more than 35 years of experience, our Jackson MS divorce lawyers at Shows & Smith Law Firm PLLC are committed to helping you obtain rights to visit your grandchildren. We can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your legal options in order to get the results you desire.

Call (601) 809-4144 to discuss your legal options today.

Eligibility for Grandparent Rights

  • Grandparents may request visitation rights in the following circumstances:
  • Whenever a court enters a decree or order awarding custody of a minor child to one of the parents of the child or terminating the parental rights of one of the parents
  • Whenever one of the parents passes away
  • There was a previous viable relationship with the minor child and visitation with the child would be in their best interest
  • To demonstrate establishment of a viable relationship, grandparents must prove one of the following:
  • They supported the child financially – voluntarily and in good faith – for at least six months before filing the petition
  • They had frequent visitation, including occasional overnight visitation with the child for at least a year
  • They cared for the grandchild over a significant period of time while the parent spent time in jail or on military duty which requires the absence of the parent from the home

Let Us Start Your Petition Today

The opportunity to spend time with your grandchildren is precious and should not be unreasonably denied. If you are seeking visitation rights or if you were denied the chance to visit your grandchildren, do not hesitate to let our Jackson MS family law lawyer protect your rights immediately.

Contact us and request a free consultation.

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