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Indiana Grandparent Visitation

Indiana state divorce laws don't automatically grant grandparents visitation rights during divorce.

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In Indiana, grandparents will need to file a petition with the court requesting child visitation. The divorce court will then decide if grandparent visitation is in the best interest of the child and award visitation rights in the following circumstances:

  • If either the child's parent in deceased
  • Parents file for divorce in Indiana
  • Child was born out of wedlock

If the couple file for divorce in another state, the grandparents may seek visitation if the child custody decree doesn't bind the grandparent and an Indiana court has jurisdiction. Grandparent visitation rights terminate unless the adoption is by the child's stepparent or a person who is biologically related to the child as a grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.

When determining child visitation, the Indiana divorce court will consider what in the best interest of the child, including:

  • Age and gender of the child
  • Wishes of the parents and child
  • Interaction and relationship between the child and parents, siblings and other significant people
  • Child's ability to adjust to home, school and community
  • Mental and physical health of all people involved

If you are filing divorce and want to learn how child custody, visitation and grandparent visitation may affect your relationship with your child, connect with a local divorce attorney. Get legal advice about child visitation arrangements and divorce laws.

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The above synopsis of Indiana 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 Indiana divorce lawyer in your area.

Indiana divorce laws were last updated October 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.