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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Egelston

WHEN CAN A GRANDPARENT SEEK VISITATION?


Unlike many other states, Tennessee has established that, in some cases, Grandparents may have a legal right to visit with their grandchildren.

In Tennessee, a grandparent can ask a court to award visitation rights if:

  • The grandchild’s father or mother is deceased.

  • The grandchild lived with the grandparent for 12 months or longer and was removed from the home by the father, mother or both.

  • The grandparents and the child had a significant existing relationship for 12 months or longer, and along with other considerations, the severing of the relationship is not in the best interests of the child.

  • The child had a significant existing relationship with the Grandparent and the loss of the relationship presents a danger of other, direct, and substantial harm to the child.

In many of these cases, one or both parents oppose the visitation by the grandparents and the parties require the assistance of one or more attorneys to help settle and/or mediate their disagreement.


Cases involving grandparents’ rights can be complex, unique, and very fact-specific, however, with the help of the right attorney, both grandparents and parents can work together to come to an amicable solution in the best interests of the children. In these cases, hiring the appropriate attorney – especially one with experience in family law and trained in family law mediation – is especially important. For more information or to schedule a consult, call Jennifer today at (865) 404-8226.

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