Grandparents often play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. According to a recent study, nearly 3 million grandparents in the United States are helping to raise their grandchildren, and this number is growing by the day. We’re here to help.
In Missouri, your right to maintain a relationship with your grandchild may be protected by statute. A court has the authority to grant reasonable visitation rights to the grandparents of a child and to issue any orders that are reasonably necessary to enforce those visitation rights.
In order to bring a grandparent’s visitation case in Missouri, you must be able show:
- Your grandchild’s parents have filed for dissolution of marriage; or
- Your son or daughter is deceased and the surviving parent denies you reasonable visitation with your grandchild; or
- Your grandchild has resided in your home for at least six months within the last twenty-four months; and
- You have been denied visitation with your grandchild for a period exceeding ninety days.
If your grandchild’s natural parents are legally married to each other and are living together with the child, you cannot file for visitation under Missouri’s grandparent’s rights statute.
Our team is dedicated to helping grandparents assert their rights with respect to their grandchildren. We have resolved numerous grandparent visitation cases, both through mediated settlements and at trial, and we’re here to help.