Visitation rights as an Oregon grandparent

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2018 | Child Custody

Grandparents always have a special place in their heart for their grandchildren, and it can be heartbreaking if for some reason they are having difficulty in attaining the rights to visitation. Perhaps your child does not have custody of your grandchildren and the other parent is limiting access, or perhaps you are estranged from your child but you still want to maintain a healthy relationship with your grandchild. Whatever the reason, it should be possible for you to be a positive influence in your grandchildren’s lives.

Unfortunately, in 2001 Oregon removed their law for grandparent visitation; therefore, there are no longer any specific provisions reserved for grandparents. However, as a grandparent, you will be considered as a nonparent who is seeking visitation rights. This is still taken seriously under the law.

The best interests of the child

The courts always want what is in the best interests of the child. Unless there is a good reason why you should not be visiting them, the court will likely rule that children having a good relationship with their grandparents will be a positive thing in their lives.

Factors that will be considered

The courts will also consider the presumptive rights of the parent. This means that they will believe that the parent is taking actions that are in the best interests of the child; therefore, they may respect their decision to not want to maintain contact with their child’s grandparents.

If you are struggling to see your grandchildren, it is important that you do thorough research and apply it to your situation before taking action.

Source: The Spruce, “Grandparents’ Rights in Oregon,” accessed Jan. 12, 2018