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Grandparents' Rights Archives

Kentucky grandparents' rights of kids with divorced parents

Divorce affects nearly everyone in the couple's lives. If there are children involved, then the chances are strong that there are also grandparents going through an emotional time as well. Kentucky grandparents should know that when it comes to their grandchildren, they do have grandparents' rights. Grandparents -- both maternal and paternal -- can ask for and get reasonable visitation rights to their grandkids should doing so become necessary.

Do grandparents' rights include face time with their grandkids?

Divorce is difficult on everyone, including extended family. Kentucky grandparents may have to fight for the right to have visitation with their grandkids. In some cases, exercising grandparents' rights may involve some technological options.

What is considered when applying for grandparents' rights

Laws determining visitation rights for grandparents differ from state to state. In Kentucky, laws governing grandparents' rights have not been changed or revised since 1996. However, the interpretation and administration of the existing laws have been impacted by case law over the years. As a result, Kentucky is classified as "permissive" with regard to grandparents' visitation.

Grandparents' rights nonexistent in guardianship

Over 2.6 million grandparents nationwide, including in Kentucky, have taken on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren. A government executive said the heroin and opioid epidemic that is sweeping the country puts enormous pressure on grandparents who want to make sure their grandchildren stay out of the foster system. Sadly, compared to the foster system, grandparents' rights to subsidies for guardianship are nonexistent.

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