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Grandparents Rights Lawyer In Manchester, TN

Unfortunately, many grandparents find themselves in a situation in which they are denied or restricted access to their grandchildren. While there may be a variety of reasons for the situation, grandparents often wonder if they have any legal recourse. The answer is yes.

Grandparent Visitation Rights in Tennessee

Tennessee respects the nature of a grandparent’s familial relationship with his or her grandchildren, but the laws and court take many things into consideration when determining if grandparent visitations are the best thing for a child. When the mother and father are married and are considered to be fit parents, the law automatically presumes that their decisions regarding child-rearing are in the child’s best interest. But there are a few situations that can warrant a change in that decision.

Who can Petition for Grandparent Visitation?

Grandparents have the right to petition for visitation under Tennessee laws, however, the success of the petition is rarely as easy as the petition itself. Be prepared to seek legal advice from a knowledgeable, experienced family attorney before determining what course of action is best for your situation.

In Tennessee, the court cannot grant a grandparent’s visitation request over the parent’s obligation. This authority only exists when the family unit is not intact. If the parent does not oppose a visitation plan, the court can agree to order the visitation, but if the marriage is intact and the parents refuse, a hearing on the matter can only be held under the following situations.

The best possible outcomes in these hearings occur when an attorney is involved, and the grandparents are well-prepared for a hearing.

What the Court Considers During a Hearing

When a grandparent is granted a hearing for visitation, the court will then consider several things . The following three things can make or break a case for grandparent visitation:

Consult with a Family Attorney

If you believe that visitation with your grandchild has been unfairly restricted or denied, you may be eligible to file for visitation rights under Tennessee law. An experienced family attorney at Burch, Morrison, and Stewart can review your situation and determine if a lawsuit is the best option for you. Contact them today to schedule a consultation.