Grandparent’s Rights

In Tennessee, grandparent’s rights are also recognized by the court. Being denied time with your grandchildren is something that no grandparent should have to go through.

Grandparents are often put in this tough situation after the death of one of the child’s parents (the grandparents’ child), divorce of the parents or when the parents have never married. Without court-ordered visitation, the surviving parent can refuse to allow you any time with your grandchildren.

Many states have established visitation rights for grandparents, though they are limited. If you are being denied time with your grandchildren, contact me today to discuss whether you qualify under Tennessee law to have a court establish a visitation schedule.

Here are common examples of when grandparent visitation may be established in Tennessee:

  • One of the child’s parents is deceased
  • The parents are divorced or legally separated
  • A parent has been missing for at least 6 months
  • Another state has granted you visitation
  • The child lived in the grandparent’s home for at least 12 months
  • The grandparent shared a significant relationship with the grandchild for at least 12 months
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