Grandparents’ Visitation Rights Clarified
Written by mcbusinesslaw
12 Apr, 2016
In S.A.M. v. Meister, 2014AP1283, the Wisconsin Supreme Court clarified a grandparent’s rights to visitation with their grandchildren under § 767.43(1), Wis. Stats., holding that a grandparent need not prove “he or she has maintained a relationship similar to a parent-child relationship with the child,” if visitation is deemed by the court to be in the best interest of the children. Although this case dealt specifically with a grandparent, in dicta, the court also stated that the “parent-child relationship” standard in the statute did not apply to stepparents. Interestingly, it was the children who appealed the lower courts’ decisions denying the maternal grandmother’s motion to allow her visitation.