In certain situations, grandparents may be awarded visitation rights. This type of visitation is awarded in order to make certain that children receive the added developmental benefits of having access to those relatives. Grandparents may also be awarded custody of their grandchildren if both of the child's parents are deceased or if the parents are unfit.
In order to be awarded grandparent visitation, a number of different conditions must be met. Grandparents must be able to prove to the court that visitation is in the best interests of their grandchildren. The court may also consider the marital status of the parents and whether or not visits with the grandparents have been denied.