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You may not know it, but Missouri has a specific statute that allows grandparents to intervene in a custody case to assert their right to remain present in their grandchildren’s lives. While the law gives preference to parents, sometimes the acrimony of a divorce can lead to one or both parents trying to exclude grandparents from any contact with their grandchildren – not necessarily by writing it in the judgment, but simply as a consequence of how they implement a parenting plan. Where once grandparents had no legal recourse in such situations, today they do, and under certain circumstances may petition the court for regular visitation.
There are also other areas of Family Law that may be influenced by grandparents such as abusive parents or a parental illness that prevents the parent from caring for their children.