Visitation rights may be petitioned for in Minnesota during or after proceedings dealing with divorce, separation, custody, annulment and paternity. The courts are instructed to consider the prior relationship between the grandparent and grandchild and the impact of visitation on the parent-child relationship. In the case of a child with a deceased parent, the parents and grandparents of the deceased parent can request visitation, with the same two factors to be considered. In addition, a petition for visitation rights can be filed independently of one of the preceding actions if the grandchild has lived with the grandparent for at least a year and was removed from the grandparent's home by the parent. Great-grandparents are expressly mentioned in two sections of the statutes, the ones dealing with a child with a deceased parent and the one dealing with children who have lived with a grandparent for a year or more.
In the state of Minnesota, adoption cuts off visitation rights unless the adopting party is a stepparent.
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