• Arkansas Grandparents Visitation Rights

    Arkansas grants great-grandparents and grandparents the same rights. These may petition for visitation rights when the parents' marriage was broken through death, divorce, and in other cases by legal separation of marriage. Additionally, rights of visitation can be requested when the child has been placed in custody or guardianship of anyone who is not the natural and/or adoptive parent to the child. Also if the child was born out of wedlock the grandparents or great-grandparents may petition for visitation rights.

    When the child was born illegitimately, specifically paternal grandparents can request rights of visitation when paternity has been proven in court. In each of the states besides California, courts need to decide based on the best interests for the child. Grandparent who seek visitation and who have been denied based on some fact about the interests of the child need to be rebutted in order to overrule that presumption.

    The grandparent also need to document a significant relationship between them and the grandchild. An automatic example of such a relationship would exist in cases where the child lived with grandparent six months or longer, or if the grandparents were the caregiver 6 months or longer, or in cases where the grandparent generally held frequent and/or regular interaction and contact between themselves and the grandchild over a 12 month period or greater.

    Grandparent(s) can offer evidence regarding how their loss of such kind of relationship between them (grandparent) and grandchild would be likely to cause harm to the grandchild. As in other states,
    adoption would generally end visitation rights between natural grandparents except where the adoption was by a stepparent.
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