Visitation rights for grandparents aren't automatically granted in most divorce courts; however, most states have adopted divorce laws that allow grandparents petition for child visitation rights.
In Arkansas grandparents may petition for child visitation even if Arkansas child custody is assigned to someone other than one or both of the child's biological or adoptive parents. The Arkansas divorce court will award custody or child visitation to the grandparents if it's considered to be in the best interest of the child.
Arkansas divorce laws allow a grandparent to be heard in any child custody proceedings for a grandchild one year old or younger when the grandchild has lived with the grandparent for six months before his or her first birthday.
During that time, the grandparent should have been the primary caregiver for and financial supporter of the grandchild. The custody needs to have been continuous and within one year of the start of the child custody proceedings.
If the child is one year old or older, a grandparent can be heard in a child custody hearing if the grandchild lives with the grandparent for at least one year - regardless of age and during the time the grandchild lived with the grandparent, the grandparent was the primary caregiver for and financial supporter of the grandchild.
The year that the grandchild lived with the grandparent needs to be continuous and have happened within a year from the start of custody proceedings.
A local Arkansas divorce lawyer will be able to further explain your rights as a grandparent, as well as child visitation rights of other family members. Learn how to protect your relationship with your grandchild by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out an Arkansas divorce case review form.
Get connected with an Arkansas divorce attorney near you to get advice about child custody and child visitation when filing divorce today.
The above synopsis of Arkansas divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Arkansas divorce lawyer in your area.
Arkansas divorce laws were last updated May 2009.
Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.