Grandparents' Visitation Rights
What is Maine's Law on Grandparents' Visitation Rights
A grandparent may petition the court for reasonable rights of visitation or access to a minor child if “at least one of the child's parents or legal guardians has died; there is a sufficient existing relationship between the grandparent and the child; or when a sufficient existing relationship between the grandparent and the child does not exist, a sufficient effort to establish one has been made” (see 19-A MRS §1803). This statute also stipulates the procedures and standards that apply to such petitions.
19-A MRS §1802 defines a grandparent as, “a parent of a child's parent. 'Grandparent' includes a parent of a child's parent whose parental rights have been terminated pursuant to Title 18-A, section 9-204 or Title 22, chapter 1071, subchapter 6, but only until the child's adoption.”
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