Grandparents and Child Custody

The Rights of Grandparents

Grandparents trying to seek custody of their grandchild in Missouri may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about where to begin the process. Obtaining child custody as a grandparent can be confusing and complex, but with the help of an experienced attorney, you can increase your chances of success. Continue reading to learn about grandparents' rights in Missouri.

How Grandparent Custody Works

It is important to understand that grandparents do not have an automatic right to child custody despite their relationship with the child. In the state of Missouri, while it may be difficult, grandparents can receive custody over their grandchild in a few different ways.

First, if the grandparents have been caring for the child for at least six months and the parent has agreed to this arrangement, then they may be able to seek custody of the child. Second, grandparents may be able to receive custody if they have been granted visitation by the court. Finally, if the grandparents can prove that the child would be in danger if left in the care of the parent, they may be able to get custody of their grandchild.

Work with an Attorney

If you are a grandparent who is seeking custody of your grandchild, it is important to speak with an experienced family law attorney. They can help you understand the laws in Missouri and how they may apply to your specific situation. They can also help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. At Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices, our team can help you pursue child custody of your grandchild in order to protect them and meet their best interests.

To learn more about grandparent custody in Missouri or to schedule a consultation with a member of our team, call us at (573) 279-1349 or visit our website.