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Do grandparents have legal visitation rights in Louisiana?

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2023 | Family Law |

In Louisiana, grandparents do have legal visitation rights under certain circumstances. While parental rights are typically given much weight in family law cases, Louisiana recognizes the important role that grandparents can play in a child’s life. 

This recognition has led to specific laws that allow grandparents to seek visitation with their grandchildren, even if the parents object.

What does the law say?

Under Louisiana law, grandparents can petition the court for visitation rights if they show that their relationship with the child has been significantly disrupted. This disruption can occur for various reasons, such as a divorce or separation, the death of a parent, or a family dispute. 

The court will consider several factors when deciding whether to grant the grandparent visitation rights, including the child’s best interests, the grandparents’ relationship with the child and the parent’s reasons for opposing visitation.

Grandparents who want to petition for visitation must meet certain eligibility requirements. For example, the grandparents must have a significant relationship with the child and show that visitation is in the child’s best interests. Additionally, the grandparents must show that the parents are either divorced, separated or deceased or that one or both parents have abandoned the child.

It is important to note that while grandparents have the right to petition for visitation, they do not have an automatic right to visitation. The court will carefully consider all the facts and circumstances of the case before making a decision. If the court grants visitation rights, the visitation schedule and duration will be determined based on what is in the child’s best interests.

How can grandparents protect their rights?

Grandparents have legal visitation rights in Louisiana but must meet certain requirements and petition the court for visitation. If you are a grandparent seeking visitation or custody of your grandchild, knowing these rights and meeting the legal requirements is important.