Amy Broom Pollina Attorney at Law
Rutherford County's New Face In Family Law

Continuing Family Relationships Through Grandparent Visitation

Grandparents who have nurtured relationships with their grandchildren should not be punished because the parents make a decision to get divorced. Yet, bonds are broken over hard feelings between parents pursuing marital dissolution.

Protecting The Visitation Rights Of Grandparents

A specific statute exists in Tennessee that protects the rights of grandparents to maintain a continuing relationship with their grandchildren. Grandparents may petition for visitation if at least one of the following is true:

  • The child's father or mother is deceased
  • The parents are divorced, legally separated or were never married
  • Inability to locate one parent for at least six months
  • A court in another state ordered grandparent visitation
  • The grandchild lived in the grandparent's home or maintained a significant relationship for 12 months or more preceding the end of the parent's marriage

As with any issue involving children, their best interests come first. Denying loving and nurturing relationships with their grandparents can do more harm than good. The end of a marriage turns one household into two. Continued relationships with grandparents provide a level of emotional support and consistency in their lives.

Mediation is the preferred venue to resolve disputes that involve grandparent visitation. However, our firm's lawyer does not shy away from a trial if that provides the best outcome for all parties concerned.

We Can Advise You On Your Visitation Rights

If you need help with asserting your rights as a grandparent to see your grandchildren, contact Amy Broom Pollina, Attorney at Law, online for a free consultation or call our firm's office in Murfreesboro at 615-617-5455. The firm is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Credit cards are accepted.

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