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and Custody Rights
Legal Rights of a Grandparent
The relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is a special one. At Young & Maslowski, LLP, we will advise you of your rights as a grandparent and do whatever we can to help you maintain your relationship.
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Grandparents Seeking Legal Custody
Under Wisconsin law, parents have the primary right to custody. Only in special circumstances and conditions can the parental right for custody be taken away. This is typically reserved for situations where the Court finds the transfer would serve the child’s best interests and the Court finds the parents unfit or unable to care for the child. Generally, this is a difficult burden for grandparents to meet, especially since Wisconsin presumes that the child’s best interests are served by a parent’s custody.
Grandparents Seeking Visitation Rights
In Wisconsin, the Court may grant a grandparent visitation privileges depending on the circumstance. For example, the Court may grant visitation if it finds visitation would be in the best interest of the child and one of the parents is deceased or if the grandparent has developed a parent-like relationship with the child.
It is important that you speak with an attorney who is experienced in grandparent visitation rights if you
wish to pursue your rights with respect to your grandchild or grandchildren.