What are a grandparent’s rights regarding the raising of their grandchild?

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What are a grandparent’s rights regarding the raising of their grandchild?

Our son has been contacted by his recruiter that he is on the recall list. Should they call him back to active duty do we as grandparents have a say on the taising of his daughter who is one year old? The mother and our son are not married and we are concerned that she might leave the state once he is deployed.

Asked on November 5, 2012 under Family Law, New Mexico

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country grandparents have no legal rights as to how their grandchild is raised. Raising of the minor child is deemed to be the choice of the parents. Some states do allow grandparents visitation rights to a grandchild over the objections of the parents under limited circumstances.


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