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In matters of divorce, adoption, or child custody, grandparents’ lives can also be affected especially when it comes to spending time with their grandchildren. Fortunately, the law in Minnesota allows grandparents some form of legal access to their grandchildren if a parent or guardian denies contact.
Grandparents or great-grandparents may seek visitation with their minor grandchildren under specific circumstances including:
A grandparent or great-grandparent may also request visitation if the grandchild lived with them for 12 consecutive months.
In some cases, a grandparent or great-grandparent may even request full custody of their grandchild if they believe their own child is unable to provide adequate care. The courts consider several factors when awarding visitation or custody including the existing relationship with the grandchild; the amount of previous contact with the grandchild; the relationship between the parent and grandparent, and whether granting visitation will affect the parent-child relationship.
Situations involving grandparents’ visitation or custody can be highly emotional and very upsetting for everyone. Given the complexity of the law, it’s important to seek legal advice from an experienced family law attorney. The attorneys at BGS can help. We provide legal solutions tailored to your individual situation and will advocate on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome for your family.
Please call our offices to inquire about making an appointment to speak with an attorney. The knowledgeable staff will be able to answer your questions regarding the appointment and make sure that everyone is prepared for the initial consultation.
While some attorneys have free initial consultations, there are some areas of law that require a small fee for an initial consultation. You will be informed of any and all fees associated when you call to make an appointment.
Our attorneys offer highly sought-after professional services for which there is an associated fee. These fees will be discussed in your initial consultation.
Billing and payments are determined by individual attorneys who will discuss these issues with clients at their initial appointments.
Our attorneys and staff are professionals experienced in providing legal services with efficiency and the utmost of client confidentiality. Trust, dedication, and professionalism are essential to the success of any business relationship. We believe these characteristics are the essence of integrity, and we strive to nurture these values within our firm. Since our inception, the attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen have been committed to providing comprehensive legal services within the framework of professional excellence.
Listen to your Miranda Rights.
Request to speak with an attorney in private. Your Miranda warning will be read to you by the arresting officer. It is very important that you pay attention to every word of these rights.
If you are placed under arrest, the officer has most likely completed an investigation leading to the belief that there was probable cause that you committed a crime. At this point, the officer has made their decision. Do not think that you could say or do anything to change the officer’s mind.
Do not resist arrest. Resisting arrest could subject you to further criminal charges if you go too far. Additionally, your attitude toward the arresting officer, if negative or volatile, will be presented as supporting a guilty verdict. In general, juries do not react favorably to a person who fights with police and will most likely see this is as evidence of guilt.
If convicted, the prosecution could use any negative conduct to support a harsher sentence. In short, displaying aggressive behavior toward police will only cause trouble. Even if you are scared, angry, or are experiencing high anxiety, you must maintain composure and politely request to speak to an attorney in private.
The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers dedicated attorneys who effectively and efficiently handle your legal needs with the highest level of professionalism.