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My daughter and her husband were turned in to DHS for child

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My daughter and her husband were turned in to DHS for child abuse. I am the only living biological grandparent. Her husband is step-father to the three boys, ages 11,9, & 7. They blame me for the visits from DHS. Now, the children have not been allowed to visit me. Do I have grandparent's rights in Mississippi? I have begged her to bring them to see me. No visits and no response. Please give me some advice. Thank you, XXXXX
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Daniel Solutions replied 8 years ago.
In Mississippi, chapter 16 of Title 93 essentially divides visitation rights for grandparents into two scenarios. Under Mississippi Code, Sec. 93-16-3 (1), a grandparent can petition the court for grandchild visitation if:
the child of the grandparent was not awarded custody; or
the child of the grandparent had his/her parental rights terminated; or the child of the grandparent had died.

Under the second scenario in Mississippi, Sec. 93-16-3 (2) states that in all other cases the grandparents can get visitation rights if the court finds:

That the grandparent of the child had established a viable relationship with the child and the parent or custodian of the child unreasonably denied the grandparent visitation rights with his or her grandchild; and That the visitation rights of the grandparent with the child would be in the best interests of the child.

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