In New Hampshire, both adoptive and natural grandparents may petition the court for "reasonable" visitation with a grandchild, provided that access to the child has not been restricted for any reason. In considering whether visitation would be in the best interest of the child, the court will also consider the following:
- Whether visitation would interfere with the parent-child relationship or with parental authority
- The nature of the grandparent-grandchild relationship, including the frequency of contact, any time of residence with the grandparent and the length of time of any such residence
- Whether the child's physical and emotional health would be endangered by such visitation or lack of it
- The relationship between the grandparent and the parent of the child, including friction between the grandparent and the parent, and the effect on the child of such friction
- The circumstances which resulted in the "absence of a nuclear family," including divorce, death, termination or relinquishment of parental rights, or other circumstances
- The guardian ad litem's recommendation, if one was appointed
- The child's wishes
- Any other factors which the court deems relevant.
If the grandchild's parents are not married, legitimacy or paternity must be attached to the petition seeking visitation.
Adoption terminates the rights of the grandparents to visitation in New Hampshire.
See New Hampshire Revised Statutes, Section 461-A:13.
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