Can a family member take over parent visitation rights, if the parent is gone on active duty?

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Can a family member take over parent visitation rights, if the parent is gone on active duty?

Asked on December 6, 2012 under Family Law, North Carolina

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Agreements made voluntarily between the parties is a different story than what parties are legally obligated to abide by under the law.  By that I means that the only statutory rights to visitation that North Carolina recognize are parents and grandparents.  And actions regarding a grandparent's rights can not be maintained independently of the parent's custody action.  They must be brought at the same time.  Good luck. And thank you for your service to our country.


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