Can Grandparents Get Custody?

Grandparents Rights

Grandparent Rights In Minnesota One of my most popular topics is grandparent visitation (which can be read here).  Let me start by saying the quick answer to that question is: it’s hard. Grandparent Custody Under the law a grandparent in Minnesota can get custody but it’s hard, and it’s supposed to be hard.  Grandparents are not viewed the same as a parent they can’t step in and say the child would be better off with them than mom and dad.  Instead, the grandparent must prove that the parents aren’t fit to be parents.  This can be for a variety of …

Parental Interference In Minnesota? Maybe.

Modifying a Minnesota custody order when a parent interferes with visitation rights You went through the whole divorce process, fought out a long legal battle, and got far more acquainted with your local courtroom staff than you’d ever care to.  Finally the judge entered a final custody order and the whole saga looked like it was done.  But then your ex started coming up with excuses of why you couldn’t visit with the kids this weekend like the judge’s order said, and the excuses got more frequent.  Eventually your ex stopped returning your phone calls and you couldn’t pick up …

3rd Party Visitation When A Parent Dies (or no visitation for Aunts!)

Other family members and visitation with a child after a parent dies You might have read our previous post about grandparents’ visitation rights: Grandparent Rights  A quick recap:  Minnesota law recognizes that there are times when a parent might try to deny grandparents visitation with their grandchild, and provides a way for grandparents to obtain visitation rights through court if this happens.  Okay, you think, what about other relatives?  Aunts, uncles, former step-parents, etc. might have just as close a relationship with the child as grandparents do. Earlier this week, though, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided a case where it found …

Grandparent Visitation Rights In Minnesota

Your kids are grown, married, and have moved away, and now they’re having children of their own.  It should be time to enjoy having the house to yourself and visiting your grandkids.  But what if something unexpected goes wrong in this plan?  Maybe your son passes away unexpectedly, and your daughter-in-law (whom, in all honesty, you never liked much anyway) suddenly decides she doesn’t want you spending time with your grandchildren.  How can you maintain a close relationship with your grandchild? Deceased parent Fortunately, Minnesota law provides a vehicle for grandparents to obtain visitation rights in the situation above or …