Burnsville Grandparents’ Rights Attorney
Serving Grandparents in Minneapolis & throughout Minnesota
In Minnesota, grandparents are given legal rights to their grandchildren, such as visitation. One of the reasons why grandparents may need visitation rights is if their child is deceased and they want access to their grandchildren. If access is denied, the grandparents have the right to go to court and request a parenting time schedule. This is the same kind of schedule a non-custodial parent receives. The alternative is the court granting visitation rights as a third party or a de facto custodian. To find out how you can establish visitation, it is best to work with a trusted Burnsville grandparents’ rights lawyer.
When visitation is established, you can go to the child’s place of residence and visit with them or you can take them for the weekend or out for the day, depending upon the terms of the visitation agreement. This arrangement allows you to spend time with your grandchildren and be a positive part of their lives. It may even be possible for you to seek custody.
At Burns Law Office, we are dedicated to helping grandparents throughout Minnesota establish their rights and enjoy a role in their grandchildren’s lives. We look forward to helping you navigate the legal process ahead.
De Facto Custodian
If your grandchild has lived with you and you have been their primary caretaker, you may be able to obtain custody of your grandchild. The child must have lived with you for an extended period of time. The child’s parents must also be failing to meet the child’s needs in some way, or they need to be deceased.
If you do not qualify for the specific requirements of a de facto custodian and you feel that your grandchildren are better off in your care, you may be able to file a petition to the court as a third party who is interested in taking custody of the child. This is a right that is not only limited to grandparents, so it allows a child to be removed from a bad situation and placed into a better one with anyone who can prove they can take care of the child.
If you have already been raising your grandchildren, then you should have a Custody Consent Decree that is signed by the child’s parent, giving you the right to take the child to the doctor, enroll him or her in school, and make important decisions for the child. You can speak to our Burnsville grandparents’ rights lawyer about how to address this particular matter. We can help you draft an agreement that fits your needs and the needs of the child, as well as inform you of the legal process that is involved in obtaining visitation rights or custodial rights to your grandchildren.
Contact Burns Law Office Today
If you are a grandparent looking for visitation rights or you are seeking custody of your grandchildren, we can help you accomplish your goals. With the right attorney by your side, you will not be lost during the legal process and you will receive the guidance you need to make the right decisions in your case.
To schedule your free initial consultation, and learn more about grandparents' rights in Minnesota, call us at (952) 260-6376.
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