Legal Talk 10.31.13: Grandparent and great-grandparent visitation in Iowa

October 31, 2013 1 Comment

A viewer asked a question about whether grandparent visitation in Iowa was possible.  It is possible but it is very difficult to be awarded.  Here is the link to Iowa Code 600A.  It explains when this sort of visitation is possible.  http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/cool-ice/default.asp?category=billinfo&service=iowacode&input=600C

Here is a link to the Iowa Supreme Court website.  It explains a little more and also gives some court cases for parties to consider.  http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/cool-ice/default.asp?category=billinfo&service=iowacode&input=600C

As I said during Legal Talk, if you are a grandparent or great-grandparent in this situation, please do not rush into a decision to request court intervention.  Make sure you’ve exhausted all other options to establish a relationship with your grandchild.  A bitter court case could put a permanent wedge into an already bad situation.

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Karen Thalacker is an attorney with Gallagher, Langlas and Gallagher. She is a judicial magistrate for Bremer County and a Lecturer in Public Law and Pre-Law Advisor at Wartburg College in Waverly. Karen is the author of three books including "The New Lawyer's Handbook: 101 Things They Don't Teach You in Law School." (Sourcebooks 2009) She provides commentary on the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice.

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  1. Sheila Duhn says:

    My husband and I are grandparents missing a grandson. It’s been 22 months since we have seen him. I am wondering if you would have any information about an Iowa based lobby group working on changing Iowa law regarding grandparent visitation.
    Thanks
    Sheila Duhn

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