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National Grandparents' Day: Celebrating Grandparents' Rights and Love

Sept. 2, 2023

Did You Know that Grandparents Have Their Own Rights to See Their Grandchildren?

"On the seventh day God rested. His grandchildren must have been out of town." – Gene Perret

Every year, the President is requested to declare the first Sunday in September as National Grandparent's Day. It's a special day to honor and appreciate the incredible role that grandparents play in our lives.

But what happens when circumstances make it difficult for grandparents to spend time with their grandkids? In Minnesota, grandparents can seek their own visitation schedule under certain circumstances:

  • If the grandparent's own child, the parent of the grandchild, has passed away.

  • If the grandchild has lived with the grandparents for 12 months or more.

  • If the grandchildren's parents are involved in a legal action for divorce, child custody, legal separation, annulment, parentage, or if the father has signed a Recognition of Parentage that has not been revoked.

Of course, the court's decision will always prioritize the best interests of the children and ensure that the visitation doesn't interfere with their relationship with their parents.

But here's the catch: these rights don't apply if the child is subsequently adopted by someone other than a stepparent or grandparent. So, let's cherish the time we have with our grandkids and make every moment count!

Happy National Grandparent's Day to all the amazing grandparents out there!