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Grandparent Visitation

In Utah, grandparents can hold some significant legal rights when it comes to securing visitation with their grandchildren. Understanding these rights, as outlined in Utah Code 30-5-2, is essential for maintaining meaningful connections within the family. In this guide, we will outline the legal procedures governing grandparent visitation in Utah, offering insights for navigating this important and complex aspect of family law.

Visitation Rights for Grandparents:

Utah law recognizes the vital role grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives and provides avenues for grandparents to pursue visitation rights in certain circumstances. Guided by Utah Code 30-5-2, grandparents can petition the court for an order establishing their right to visit their grandchildren. While grandparents do not have implied visitation rights, the court may grant visitation in certain circumstances if it serves the child’s best interests. Utah law presumes the parent’s decision to prevent grandparent visitation is in the child’s best interest, so the grandparent must prove they qualify and why the visitation would be beneficial.

Key Facets of Visitation Rights:

  1. Legal Recognition: Utah law prioritizes familial bonds, acknowledging the importance of grandparents in children’s lives. Courts may order grandparent visitation if a strong relationship history is demonstrated.
  2. Best Interests of the Child: The welfare of the child is paramount, with courts considering factors such as the quality of the relationship and the child’s preferences when determining visitation rights.
  3. Parental Authority: While parental rights are crucial, courts may grant visitation to grandparents if certain circumstances are present and if visitation would benefit the child.
  4. Child’s Preference: If the child is over 14, their preferences may be considered by the court.


At Christensen Law, we’re committed to helping grandparents protect these relationships and uphold their rights under Utah law. If you’re a grandparent seeking visitation rights in Utah, don’t hesitate to contact us for support and expert legal guidance.

By understanding the le gal framework and seeking the assistance of knowledgeable professionals, grandparents can navigate the legal system effectively and efficiently, ensuring that the relationships with their grandchildren are preserved and nurtured for years to come.

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