WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri October 26, 2012
Grandparent Visitation in Kentucky Harder Following Court Decision
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that parents who oppose allowing grandparent to visit their grandchildren must be presumed to be acting in the child's best interests. The Courier-Journal reports the court's Thursday ruling does not strike down Kentucky's 1984 grandparent visitation law.
However, it does require grandparents to show clear and convincing evidence that the contact is in the interest of the child.
The court ordered a new hearing in a Jefferson Family Court case that prompted the ruling. That case gave Donna Blair the right to visit her grandson over the objection of his mother.
Blair says she baby sat for the boy since he was born.
The mother says she fears for the boy's well-being because Blair blames her for the father's suicide.