As soon as grandparents learn that their child is facing a divorce, their main concern may be whether they can visit their grandchildren after the divorce.
DO GRANDPARENTS HAVE ANY VISITATION RIGHTS IN SOUTH DAKOTA?
Yes. In South Dakota, the 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.
For more about grandparent visitation rights in South Dakota, download The South Dakota Child Custody and Divorce Handbook.