TRIAL BY CHECKLIST: GRANDPARENT VISITATION
July 28, 2010 § 15 Comments
A practice tip about trial factors is here.
Martin v. Coop, 693 So.2d 912, 913 (Miss. 1997), factors for grandparent visitation:
- Potential disruption in the child’s life;
- Suitability of the grandparents’ home;
- The child’s age;
- The age and physical and mental health of the grandparents;
- The emotional ties between grandparents and the child;
- The grandparents’ moral fitness;
- Physical distance from the parents’ home;
- Any undermining of the parents’ discipline;
- The grandparents’ employment responsibilities;
- The grandparents’ willingness not to interfere with the parents’ rearing of the child.
Except in unusual circumstances, grandparent visitation should not be the equivalent of parental visitation. Martin v. Coop at 913.
If the court awards grandparent visitation equivalent to parental visitation, the court must make specific findings to support the award. Settle v. Galloway, 682 So.2d 1032, 1034-35 (Miss. 1996).