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– from Louis W. in Vernon, WI

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My sister filed for a divorce. I am very close to her daughter who is my godchild. I frequently visited and stayed over with my children, as my entire family loves her. My sister’s husband won full custody and placement of the child. The father does not want anyone from my sister’s family to see his daughter. Am I able to file an order for visitation rights?

Family Law Attorney Response:

In general, visitation rights are permitted to the parents, grandparents, great-grandparents or step-parents of children based off Wisconsin statute 767.245. However, there are some exceptions.

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In the case of F.P.R. v. J.M. (In re Custody of D.M.M.) 128 Wis.2d 265, 382 N.W.2d 73 (Ct. App. 1985), an aunt received guardianship and then lost it. She requested visitation rights and the court did not allow her the rights. However, the court ruled that anyone with a parent-child relationship to a child could potentially have visitation rights, if it is in the best interest of the child and it is what the child wants.

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Dan Exner, J.D.

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