Grandparents' Visitation Rights
What is Maine's Law on Grandparents' Visitation Rights
Effective August 1, 2018, Maine law related to grandparents’ visitation has changed (see PL 2017, c. 328). A grandparent of a minor child “has standing to initiate and maintain an action for reasonable rights of visitation or access if: There is a sufficient existing relationship between the grandparent and the child or any other compelling state interest justifies the court's interference with the parent's fundamental right to deny the grandparent access to the child” (see 19-A MRS §1803). This statute also stipulates the procedures and standards that apply to such actions.
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.” This statute also now defines “sufficient existing relationship.”
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