Grandparents Don’t Have Rights Until They Establish Them
Video Transcribed: Can a parent deny a grandparent visitation? I’m Tulsa Grandparents Rights Lawyer, Justin Mosteller and I’m going to spend a little bit of time answering this question and hopefully giving you some good advice that you can use in your own life.
The answer to the question is pretty simple and unfortunately, it’s yes. A parent can deny a grandparent visitation in the state of Oklahoma because the grandparent doesn’t have the same type of rights that a parent has. In fact, grandparents really don’t have rights until they specifically go and establish them in a court of law.
In the context of a parent denying visitation to a grandparent who has a custody or visitation order rather, in that situation, then yes, there are consequences to a parent denying that visitation.
They can range from contempt or most commonly a motion to enforce visitation that can lead to an order for attorney’s fees because the parent is denying a court order at that point and so it becomes really a different animal.
But a parent who’s dealing with a grandparent that doesn’t have visitation rights can absolutely deny visitation to their grandparents. Without a grandparent visitation order, parents have a constitutional right to decide who their children are going to associate with.
So if you’re being unfairly denied visitation as a grandparent, then you really do need to seek out an attorney and file a case to get those grandparent visitation rights established.
We would be happy to help you if you called us, but seek out an attorney, get some counsel, and bring that case because grandparents are incredibly important to a grandchild’s life and the positive relationship that a grandparent can have with a grandchild really is irreplaceable and they can’t get it from anywhere else. Thank you for your time and If you’d like to speak with us, please reach out to speak with a grandparents’ rights attorney.