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What does Missouri law say about grandparents' rights?

Missouri readers know that grandparents play an important role in the life and development of their grandchildren. In some situations, the grandparents must assume a more parental role, providing care, housing or financial support to their grandchildren. When these situations arise, it is important to protect one's rights by seeking the counsel of a lawyer experienced in grandparents' rights. 

There are many reasons why grandparents would want to seek visitation or custody rights of their grandchildren. When parents divorce and one or both parents prohibit visitation with the kids, concerned grandparents may wish to seek a legal opinion regarding custody or options for regular visitation. In other cases, parents may be unwilling or unable to properly care for their own kids, necessitating the assistance of grandparents.

In Missouri, a statue regarding the rights of grandparents exists for the purpose of protecting the best interests of any children involved. With the help of a knowledgeable legal ally, grandparents can follow the procedure necessary to establish certain legal rights. As the possibilities available under this statute may differ on a case-by-case basis, it is recommended that a grandparent seek a case evaluation to fully understand what options are available. 

From divorce to child custody matters, the most important issue at hand is protecting the best interests of the children. Grandparents' rights are a tricky legal matter, but my team can help. Find out more about custody, visitation and other issues by reaching out to us. You have a right to know your options, so get the information you need as soon as possible.

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