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My two kids each...

My two kids each have kids that they never told me about and I wont see my grandkids. do I have that right?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?

This is the first time I have tried this

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

Wis

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No I want to see my grandkids

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

Good evening,

I'm very sorry to hear what happened.

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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

In Wisconsin, the courts strongly protect the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, without outside interference. The statutes do permit grandparents, or those who have had a “parent-like” relationship with the child, to petition the court for visitation. This is only true, however, if there is an action affecting the family (divorce, legal separation, paternity) pending.

If there is no action pending and the parents are still married, grandparents are not allowed to petition the court for visitation. Unless the parents are unfit or incompetent, there is no recourse for grandparents who want to see their grandchildren. In those instances, your best course of action as a grandparent is to repair or attempt to repair the circumstances which led to the breakdown in your relationship with your child or grandchild in the first place.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Please call me so I can talk to you about this I've never been through this before it's been 15 years since I've seen my kids and I just would like to know my legal rights and I live in Wisconsin
Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

I don't know if you could see my answer I posted (our replies crossed). Here it is again:

In Wisconsin, the courts strongly protect the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, without outside interference. The statutes do permit grandparents, or those who have had a “parent-like” relationship with the child, to petition the court for visitation. This is only true, however, if there is an action affecting the family (divorce, legal separation, paternity) pending. If there is no action pending and the parents are still married, grandparents are not allowed to petition the court for visitation. Unless the parents are unfit or incompetent, there is no recourse for grandparents who want to see their grandchildren. In those instances, your best course of action as a grandparent is to repair or attempt to repair the circumstances which led to the breakdown in your relationship with your child or grandchild in the first place.
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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

In other words, there is no legal right to see your grandchildren. I'm sorry I cannot tell you otherwise.

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