The Missouri Court may grant grandparents visitation rights when:
Furthermore, pursuant to the statute in the state of Missouri, regardless of the matital status of the parties, grandparents have the right to "reasonable visitation". The Legislature has reinforced the rights of the childs grandparents to have a meaningful relationship with the grandchild by enacting certain laws allowing for grandparent visitation. In the state of Missouri, Missouri family law permits a grandparent, who has been denied visitation, to submit a written request to the court. The request should ask that mediation be ordered for purposes of establishing grandparent visitation.
When there is a finding that a grandpartents visitation will be in the best interest of the child, is the only time the court will grant visitaion rights to grandparents. If it is found that the visitation would endanger the child's physical health, impair his/her emotional development, or that the child's best interest will not be served by the visitaion, the visitation will be denied by the court. The court may order reasonable conditions or restrictions on grandparent visitation, much like parental visitions.
However, unlike the noncustodial parent, grandparents don't have an automatic right to visitation. More discretion is given by the court in establishing the parameters of grandparents visitation. Visitations may be for a couple hours every week, every other week, it may include overnight or weekend visitation as well. Under the Missouri statute, the court can grant visitation rights to grandparents, but it is a grandparent's burden to establish their own rights.
You should contact an attorney to fully explain your rights and the procedure if you are a grandparent who is seeking answers to any questions about obtaining custody or visitation rights.
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