Grandparents raising their own Grandchildren have FEW actual rights!
In the state of South Carolina, the courts have the power to order grandparent visitation if a parent is deceased or if parents are divorced or living separately. As in all of the 50 states, the court must find that visitation would be in the best interests of the child. In addition, the court must find that visitation would not interfere with the parent-child relationship. The court is also directed to consider the nature of the relationship between the child and the grandparents prior to the filing of the request for visitation.
IN SOUTH CAROLINA, AS OF JUNE 12TH, 2013, THINGS HAVE CHANGED!
If the parents rights are being terminated, the grandparents CAN BE NAMED A PARTY TO THE CASE WHICH GIVES THEM STANDING IN THE FAMILY COURT! That means they CAN participate in the proceedings, and even ask for custody to avoid having the children put into foster care and up for adoption .
Grandparent’s visitation rights are still terminated upon adoption.
A Grandmother in Horry County South Carolina has WON her visitation rights case. Click on Local News to read more!