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Massachusetts Grandparent Visitation

Visitation rights for grandparents aren’t automatically granted by Massachusetts divorce courts; however, in Massachusetts divorce, grandparents have the right to petition the court for child visitation.

Massachusetts divorce courts may grant child visitation if the parents of the minor child:

Divorced
Are married but live apart
Have a temporary order of separate support
Died
Had the baby out of wedlock

Grandparents will be granted reasonable visitation if the Massachusetts divorce court finds the visitation would be in the best interest of the child. Visitation rights for grandparents will not be granted if the child is adopted by someone other than a stepparent.

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