Do grandparents have visitation rights?

If you are a grandparent and are unable to visit your grandchild, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions, such as sadness or perhaps even a sense of anger. In Salt Lake City, and across Utah, it is vital for you to understand where the laws in this state stand on grandparent visitation if you are in this position.

According to the Utah State Legislature, grandparents are able to request visitation in the state. Moreover, if there are legal proceedings concerning the child which involve custody, visitation or the child's parents filing for divorce, grandparents can fill out a petition for visitation. Typically, it is presumed that parents have the best interests of their child in mind when making decisions related to grandparent visitation. That said, a number of circumstances may arise where a parent's choices concerning this matter can be overruled by the court. For example, if the child has unfit parents, visitation was denied or grandparent visitation serves a child's best interests, the court could overrule choices made by the child's parent.

In some cases, courts will ask the grandchild about his or her wishes with regard to grandparent visitation. Furthermore, if you, your grandchild or your grandchild's parents experience significant changes, you may be able to have your visitation order modified, so long as the court finds that such modifications are acceptable.

This post was put together to provide useful information on grandparent visitation and should not be interpreted as an alternative to legal advice.

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