As a Missouri grandparent, you may be awarded visitation with your grandchildren in limited circumstances. Grandparents may be awarded visitation with their grandchild if as a grandparent you have been unreasonably denied visitation for more than sixty days AND one of the following is true:
- Your grandchild’s parents have filed for divorce,
- Your child is deceased, and the surviving parent has denied reasonable visitation with your grandchild, OR
- Your grandchild has resided in your home for at least six months within the twenty-four months immediately preceding the filing of your petition for visitation.
The court’s decision to award a grandparent visitation with their grandchild is based on whether the child’s parents have unreasonably denied grandparent visitation and whether grandparent visitation is in the best interests of the child. Obtaining grandparent visitation can be difficult because the law must give significant weight to a fit parent’s decision to deny grandparent visitation. Our skilled attorneys can help you assert your rights as a grandparent.