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my sister passed away 6 years ago, and prior to her death we were a really big part of there life and a really big part of her childrens lives. we were involved daily. over the past 6 years our visitation with the oldest of her 2 children has became less and less and more strick. the youngest of her 2 kids her husband has done everything he can not to let the youngest get to know us, but the youngest dose know us an love us and wants to be able to spend time with us but isnt allowed only at birthdays.
like i said prior to her death we were a really big part if their daily lives and even after her death we have stayed as involved as we can. but now it is getting to the point where the father isnt wanting to let us even spend time with the older child and i am ready to take action legally

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Yes, you should contact an attorney who handles family law matters in your jurisdiction (like me).
Rights are established under KRS 405.021, which states:

KRS 405.021: Reasonable visitation rights to grandparents.
(1) The Circuit Court may grant reasonable visitation rights to either the paternal or
maternal grandparents of a child and issue any necessary orders to enforce the
decree if it determines that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. Once a
grandparent has been granted visitation rights under this subsection, those rights
shall not be adversely affected by the termination of parental rights belonging to the
grandparent's son or daughter, who is the father or mother of the child visited by the
grandparent, unless the Circuit Court determines that it is in the best interest of the
child to do so.
(2) The action shall be brought in Circuit Court in the county in which the child resides.
(3) The Circuit Court may grant noncustodial parental visitation rights to the
grandparent of a child if the parent of the child who is the son or daughter of the
grandparent is deceased and the grandparent has assumed the financial obligation of
child support owed by the deceased parent, unless the court determines that the
visitation is not in the best interest of the child. If visitation is not granted, the
grandparent shall not be responsible for child support.

Kentucky law does not certify specialty of practice in this area. The advice given herein is informational and should not be considered as creating an attorney/client relationship. Michael Bouldin is an independent attorney located in Northern Kentucky. It is strongly recommended to not give any confidential information on any website.



Thank you for responding to my message it means alot. I would love to be able to talk to you more regarding this issues. do you have an email address, or what is your office phone number and address. I am really scaird about going after visitation rights for my parents, the children at hands grandparents this point in time i feel that if i do not go after some kind of visitation rights and get it though the courts and in writting then the father at hand is not going to allow us to have even the little bit of time that we do get with them, but at the same time that is what I am scaird of by pushing for visitation rights for my family we are not going to be allowed to see them either, well either way i am risking lossing all that we have left of my sister and either way any one looks at it, its not right. even an out sider can see what he is doing isnt right. the children at hand live in boone county would you still be able to help? or at least talk to me and give me advise on the situation and tell me if you think we have a chance of willing a case? please contact me back my email address is attached to my account if you are able to view my email address them please email back. once again thank you

Michael William Bouldin

Michael William Bouldin


I practice in Boone, Kenton and Campbell primarily. I thought you could click on my picture and get my information, however my email is or you can call my office at 859-581-6453. Thanks

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