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Do grandparents have custody or visitation rights in Kentucky?

If you are a grandparent, you likely want to be able to be an active part of your grandchildren’s lives. This is natural and normal. It is what comes along with being a family. However, unlike the rights you had to your own children when they were still minors, you do not share those same automatic rights to your grandchildren. This can produce sticky situations, especially if you are not getting along with your child or in the event of your child’s death.

The American Grandparents Association explains that each state has a different stance on what rights grandparents should have. In Kentucky, you do have some rights or can obtain rights in certain situations, but the final decision is always left up to the court.

Unless it is by a stepparent, adoption takes away all your rights to a grandchild. In any case where parental rights to a child have been terminated, your rights are also terminated. However, you do have some rights if your child has passed away and you have been providing financial support to your grandchild or grandchildren. The state has the ability to grant you visitation rights, just as it would for a parent.

There may be other situations where you can secure visitation rights. The court has the ability to grant rights if they feel it would be in the best interest of the child or children regardless of the situation or your relationship with the child’s parents. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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