In Kentucky, "reasonable visitation rights" may be awarded to either paternal or maternal grandparents if the court determines that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. These visitation rights may even survive the termination of parental rights belonging to the grandparent's son or daughter, who is the father or mother of the child, if the court decides that visitation is in the child's best interest.
A grandparent whose child is deceased and who supplies child support for a grandchild can be awarded visitation rights that are the equivalent of a non-custodial parent's. Grandparents rights granted under this condition will not be terminated even if the parental rights of the grandparent's son or daughter are terminated.
Adoption ends grandparent visitation rights unless the adopting party is the stepparent and the grandparent's child has not suffered termination of parental rights.
See Kentucky statutes.
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