If you're the grandparent of a child whose family is divorcing or has other struggles, you may wonder what your custody and visitation rights are. Every state does have different rules that can affect you, so if your family is spread out into different states, you may have to do your research to find out which laws directly apply to your case.
Grandparents generally only get visitation or custody rights when certain conditions are met. The best interests of the child involved are what's most important, and this is highly considered when deciding if a grandparent should get custody or visitation rights to the child. For example, is it good for the emotional health of the child to continue to see his grandparent? What are the wishes of the parents; do they want the grandparents of their child to have custody or visitation rights? If the child is old enough to make such decisions, what does he or she think, and who would he or she rather live with or have visitation with?