Do grandparents have any visitation rights under South Dakota law?

Yes.  In South Dakota, the circuit court may grant grandparents reasonable rights of visitation with their grandchild, with or without petition by the grandparents, if the visitation is in the best interests of the grandchild and:

  • If the visitation will not significantly interfere with the parent-child relationship; or
  • If the parent or custodian of the grandchild has denied or prevented the grandparent reasonable opportunity to visit the grandchild.
Brooke Swier Schloss
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