15 Mar Grandparents Visitation
In Indiana a grandparent may seek visitation rights if the child’s parent is deceased, the marriage of the child’s parents has been dissolved in Indiana, or the child was born out of wedlock and paternity has been established. Depending on the situation, a Petition to Establish Grandparent Visitation or a Motion to Intervene on a currently pending custody matter regarding the child may be necessary to initiate proceedings with regard to grandparent visitation. It is the grandparent’s burden to prove that the requested visitation is in the child’s best interests. The court will consider the previous meaningful contact between the grandparent and child. Generally, grandparent visitation rights survive the adoption of a child by a stepparent of any biologically related person.
The attorneys at Mitchell Law Group are experienced in assisting grandparents obtain visitation rights. It is our belief that a child’s life is generally enriched by having contact and strong relationships with their grandparents.