In the state of Kansas, visitation rights depend upon the grandparent and grandchild having a prior relationship and a showing that visitation is in the child's best interest. The parent of a deceased parent can be granted visitation even if the surviving parent has remarried and, more importantly, even if the new parent has adopted the child. Otherwise, adoption ends visitation rights.
Like most states, Kansas had the constitutionality of its law challenged in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Troxel v. Granville, which struck down Washington State's grandparent visitation statute. The challenge in Kansas came in the case of Skov v. Wicker. The Kansas Supreme Court found the law constitutional. In another aspect of the case, the justices ruled that neither great-grandparents nor stepgrandparents qualify as grandparents under the law.
See the Kansas statute.
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