As a grandparent, you can play an important role in the life of your grandchildren. The relationship you have with them is quite special. It is unlike any other relationship. You can act as a guide and a source of wisdom for them. You can be their friend and confidant. However, you can only be an influence in your grandchildren’s lives if their parents allow you to have a relationship with them. The law in South Carolina does give you some rights if your grandchildren’s parents are not letting you be a part of their lives.
The South Carolina Bar Association explains that grandparents’ rights do have limits that often follow the parent’s rights. For example, if your child is the father and he only has the children every other weekend, then your right to see them is only during those weekends.
The law sides with parents
In general, the law takes the stand that parents know what is best for their children. This means that if the parents do not want you to see the grandchildren, the law will likely not step in to afford you the right to see them. The court will generally side with a parent as long as he or she is a good parent who takes care of the children and looks out for their safety.
The best interest of the children matters
However, above all else, the law looks out for the best interests of a child. So, if you can show that the parents keeping the children from you is detrimental to their well-being, then you may have a good case for visitation rights. Furthermore, if the parent is putting the children in harm’s way, you also may have a case.
These are general guidelines. Of course, in situations where your child passed away, the law extends you further consideration, and there may other situations where the court may grant you visitation rights.