When it comes to grandparents having visitation rights in North Carolina, the short answer is yes. There’s a process to go through for grandparents to actually seek those visitation rights. First of all, the marital unit cannot be intact in order for grandparents to seek visitation rights. Also, there must be an ongoing case between the parents in order for the grandparents to file what’s called a motion to intervene in that case in order to seek the visitation rights. Now, this all applies to grandparents’ visitation which is different from seeking third party custody rights. So if a grandparent is trying to become the primary guardian of the children, that process is different. But that’s a topic for another day.
P.S. If you want to know whether or not you can file for custody in North Carolina, check out our blog on that topic here.