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Do grandparents have visitation rights?

When it comes to custody disputes and visitation rights, people often focus on a child's parents. However, legal matters concerning this aspect of family law can affect other people, such as grandparents. If you are a grandparent in Boston, or another part of Massachusetts, it is important to familiarize yourself with your rights if you believe that you have been wrongly denied access to your grandchild.  

According to the Massachusetts Legislature, grandparents are able to secure visitation rights in the state, under some circumstances. For example, if your grandchild's parents are not living together, have divorced or have passed away, the court may decide to grant you visitation rights. However, you may not be able to gain access to visitation rights if your grandchild is adopted by someone who is not a step-parent.    

As a grandparent, you may have numerous worries involving your grandchildren and their parents. Unfortunately, some parents choose to bar grandparents from spending time with their child for different reasons, some of which are illegitimate. When this happens, it can have a negative impact on children as well as their grandparents. If you are experiencing these burdens firsthand, it is essential for you to review the details of your dilemma and pinpoint the best course of action. By successfully taking your case to court, you may be able to enjoy having the ability to visit your grandchild.  

You must remember that this post was compiled for general informational purposes and you should not view it as an alternative to legal counsel.  

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