Grandparents often play a significant role in the care and upbringing of grandchildren. But what happens when the family dynamics change, and parents cut off contact between child and grandparent? What rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren? The difficult answer is none unless you petition the court. In Massachusetts, grandparents can petition the court for the right to have visitation with grandchildren through a Petition for Grandparent(s) Visitation. In order to be successful, a grandparent must demonstrate there was a preexisting relationship between child and grandparent and that the child’s health, safety or welfare would be significantly harmed if visitation is not ordered. This is not an easy task especially if the parents’ object. I have successfully represented grandparents achieve visitation rights with their grandchildren.
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