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Do Louisiana grandparents have visitation rights?

As a Louisiana grandparent, you may have any number of reasons for wanting to establish legal visitation with your grandchild. Maybe you have a poor relationship with one or both of your grandchild's parents that prevents you from visiting, or maybe you have valid concerns about how your grandchild's parents raise him or her. Regardless of your reasoning for desiring legal visitation, however, certain circumstances must be present in order to obtain it.

Per KPLC, in most cases, your best bet at getting more time with your grandchild lies in fixing the relationship with the child's parents. Otherwise, you may be able to obtain legal visitation as a grandparent, but this typically only happens in limited cases, where extenuating circumstances exist.

For example, say your child dies, or has to serve time behind bars. Under such circumstances, you may be able to pursue legal visitation with your grandchild, but your chances of being successful will vary based on what the courts consider to be in the best interests of the child. Similarly, if your grandchild's parents have lived separately for at least six months and other extraordinary circumstances exist, such as the child's parents both having drug addictions, you may also be able to obtain grandparent visitation rights.

Ultimately, regardless of your reasoning for desiring legal visitation with your grandchild, whether you will receive it depends largely on what the state's courts think is in your grandchild's best interests. It is important to note, however, that every child custody or visitation case is different, so what holds true in one situation may not for the next.

This information about Louisiana grandparent rights is informational in nature and not a substitute for legal advice.

 

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