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What visitation rights do grandparents have?

Each state is in charge of its own child custody laws. While general child custody ideas do not differ greatly from state to state, there is one area where things can be drastically different. This is the area of grandparents rights. In Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Legislature, grandparents do have visitation rights to their grandchildren. However, situations may vary and the law allows for variations in the actual rights a grandparent has. So, if you are a grandparent seeking rights, then you need to brush up the exact details of the law.

One thing the law always stresses is that child visitation and custody orders are made with the child's best interests in mind. The court wants to provide a happy living situation for a child, so it will not grant visitation to anyone it feels could be detrimental to a child. If the court feels having visitation with you is beneficial to your grandchild, then it will likely award you a visitation schedule and protection to ensure you have the proper access to your grandchild. 

If your child has lost his or her rights to the child, it will not affect your rights. You can fight under the law for visitation. You may also seek rights if your child has passed away, but in this situation, you must also pay child support that your child would have had to pay if visitation rights are awarded. You would be given the equivalent of noncustodial parent visitation rights in this situation. This information is for educational purposes and is not intended as legal advice. 

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