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Mar 8, 2016 2:57 PM

Court: Grandparents have standing to seek visitation

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The N.H. Supreme Court says a couple who sought visitation rights with their grandchildren after their son-in-law died should get the chance to argue their case.

Pamela and Robert Lundquist filed a petition seeking visitation rights with their three grandsons in 2014, four years after their son-in-law died. Their daughter argued they had no standing to make the request, and a lower court agreed.

Under state law, grandparents can petition a court for visitation rights when a child's nuclear family is absent due to divorce, death or other causes, as long as their access to the child hadn't been restricted earlier. In its ruling today, the state Supreme Court reversed the earlier decision.

A family court would ultimately decide whether visitation was in the children's best interest.

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