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Louisiana Grandparent Visitation

Under divorce law in Louisiana, grandparents can petition for child visitation during a Louisiana divorce or legal separation. The Louisiana divorce court will grant grandparent visitation if it is in the best interest of the child.

When determining what would be in the child's best interest, the Louisiana divorce court considers:

  • Length and quality of the relationship between the child and grandparent
  • If the child is in need of guidance that would best be provided for by the relative
  • Child's preference - if he or she is mature enough to express a preference
  • Willingness of the relative to encourage a relationship between the child and parents
  • Health of the child and relative

The Louisiana divorce courts will presume that a fit parent's decision is in the best interest of the child and that decision will be given special weight. If a parent denies visitation rights for grandparents, it's presumed that decision is best for the child; however, the grandparents can petition the divorce court for child visitation rights.

Learn about your child visitation rights during a divorce. Connect with a local Louisiana divorce attorney by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Louisiana divorce case review form to find local Louisiana divorce lawyers near you. Get started protecting a future relationship with your grandchild.

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

Louisiana divorce laws were last updated July 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.