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What if my ex-husband’s parents want visitation?

This is an evolving area of the law. Grandparents can, and often do petition the judge for visitation rights, but this is no guarantee that they will be awarded. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that in this situation the best interest of the child standard is not enough. If the grandparents have developed a strong relationship with the child, or the child actually lived with the grandparents prior to the divorce or separation, and isolation from the grandparents would be detrimental to the welfare of the child, the court may grant visitation rights.