No doubt many of our readers have warm memories of their grandparents from their childhoods. Grandmas and grandpas can be playmates, babysitters and teachers. They may help their grandchildren learn about the world around them, how to tell right from wrong, and many other important lessons.

Grandparents play a vital role in many children’s lives. Sometimes, they must step in to become the primary caregivers, if the parents are unable or unwilling to continue this responsibility. In many ways, grandparents’ role in the raising of children is larger now than perhaps any other time in Minnesota history.

However, sometimes the relationship between a child’s parents and grandparents is not so warm and close, especially if the parents have divorced. The custodial parent may choose to cut off access to the grandkids, sometimes for good reason, sometimes not.

Grandparents in Anoka County who have been forbidden from seeing their grandchildren may petition the family law court to intervene. Though parents have a constitutional right to raise their children as they see fit, and choose which relatives they do and do not get to see, their rights are not unlimited. Grandparents can seek custody or parenting time, though it can be a challenge to convince the court that granting custody or visitation is in the child’s best interest.

Family drama can be painful, but there may be legal options where attempts to heal interpersonal rifts have failed. A family law attorney can examine your case and provide advice on what your next course of action should be.