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Grandparents and visitation in Louisiana

As a grandparent in the state of Louisiana, there could come a point when you need to learn more about visitation with a grandchild or grandchildren.

Just the same as parents, there are laws in place that govern grandparent visitation rights.

The court has the ability to award visitation rights to a grandparent if the child's parent is declared legally incompetent or is deceased, if the grandparent is the parent of the legally incompetent or deceased parent and if visitation makes sense in regards to the child's best interest.

What about if the child is adopted? This makes things much more difficult on grandparents in Louisiana, and here's why: Adoption eliminates any visitation rights of grandparents except in the following situations:

  • The grandparents are the parents of a deceased individual to the marriage
  • The grandparents are the parents of an individual that has forfeited his or her rights to object to the adoption

It's never easy to be a grandparent if you are struggling to see your grandchildren. This is particularly true in a state like Louisiana where there is so much gray area in regards to what you are and are not allowed to do.

If you find yourself fighting to see your grandchild, it's important to learn more about the laws in Louisiana and where you fit into the equation. Even if things don't look good at first, there are steps you can take to better understand your situation. Once you have a clear idea of your relationship and legal rights, you can then formulate a strategy for moving forward with the hopes of receiving visitation rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Factors Considered for Grandparent Visitation and Custody," accessed Sep. 21, 2017

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