Do the maternal grandparents have any rights, if the grandchildren are adopted?
2 attorney answers
No, you cannot force the adoptive parents to permit visitation. Even though you were biologically related to the children, that relationship has been severed by the adoption. Even in cases where grandparent visitation is granted, it is not a question of course, it's a question of what is best for the children. It is not a question of what is best for the grandparents.
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The magical answer: "It depends."
As a grandparent, you are able to file a request with the court to establish visitation with your grandchildren, however whether or not such a request will be granted will be determined by the Court on a "case by case basis."
To have such orders entered by the Court, you must be able to show the following:
1) That you have an existing established bond with your grandchildren, with the relationship being so strong that it is in the children's best interest to have such orders entered; and
2) That the interest being served by establishing visitation orders between the children and grandparents outweighs the interest of parents having the right to make decisions governing the health, safety, and welfare of their children.
There is no bright line rule with respect to this issue, as there will be a slew of factors considered by the Court in rendering its decision.
I would suggest that you confer with an attorney who can provide you with a more insightful response based on your specific circumstances.