Q: Can grandparents who have never had a relationship with their grandchild of a single parent get awarded visitation?
I cut off all contact with my toxic and mentally ill parents several years ago, but they have continued to stalk me. I am concerned about them possibly suing for visitation once they find out they have a grandchild.
What are the chances that the family court would force me to allow them to visit my future child?
In Virginia, grandparents have no custody and visitation rights by virtue of the familial relationship. Grandparents are among the class of interested persons who can ask for a custody or visitation determination, but will not obtain any rights against the wishes of a biological parent who has not abandoned his or her child.
Anyone involved in a custody or visitation case in Virginia should consult with an experienced Virginia family law lawyer.
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