Indiana law provides a method whereby grandparents may visit with their grandchildren under an order of the court. Grandparents may seek visitation if one of the three circumstances exist. They are: (1) the child’s parent is deceased; (2) the marriage of the child’s parents has been dissolved in Indiana (a divorce) and (3) the child was born out of wedlock and paternity has been established.
The visitation the grandparents receive is typically minimal compared to that of a parent. In other words, the court may order a relatively short period of time once a month. For example, the court may order that the grandparents are entitled to see their grandchild 5 to 10 hours on a weekend. The court may also order short periods around major holidays. If the grandparent’s child is not exercising visitation, the court may be more generous with the amount of time allowed to the grandparents.
The Law Offices of Steven K. Deig, LLC has experience representing individuals regarding grandparent visitation. We would be happy to discuss your case with you.