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What are grandparent visitation rights in Oregon?

| Feb 1, 2021 | Family Law |

Grandparents’ custody rights is certainly an important topic for many grandparents, children and families. For that reason, both grandparents and parents should be familiar with grandparents’ rights and how they work.

What are grandparents’ rights in Oregon?

In general, child custody is always based on what is in the best interests of the child. This requires consideration of a variety of different factors to determine what child custody and visitation arrangement promotes the child’s overall well-being and safety. The family law court will commonly evaluate factors related to the child and the child’s parents. Grandparent custody can be a concern for many grandparents, especially if the parents of the child are divorced or their child is deceased and they may worry about frequent and ongoing contact with their grandchild.

When grandparent visitation is requested, the family law court will evaluate the request based on what is in the best interests of the child. Determining grandparent visitation takes into account the relationship between the grandparent and the grandchild and the relationship between the parent and the child. If the child is legally adoption, the adoption will cut off any grandparent visitation rights.

How the family law court views requests for grandparent visitation, and how these requests are addressed, varies by state. What is in the best interests of the child will always be used as a guiding principle whenever child custody is in question but it is also helpful for grandparents to be familiar with relevant statutes in their state and how the issue of grandparent visitation is handled.