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South Dakota State Code Grandparents Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
§ 25-4-52. Visitation rights for grandparents - Authority of circuit court - Presumption.   The circuit court may grant grandparents reasonable rights of visitation with their grandchild, with or without petition by the grandparents, if the visitation is in the best interests of the grandchild and either the visitation would not significantly interfere with the parent-child relationship or the parent or custodian of the grandchild has denied or prevented a grandparent reasonable opportunity to visit the grandchild. There is a presumption that visitation with the grandparents is in the best interests of the grandchild if a parent of that grandchild, who is also the child of that grandparent, has died.  

 Source:  SL 1982, ch 191, § 1; 2001, ch 130, § 1.

  § 25-4-54. Visitation rights of grandparents - Child placed for adoption.   The provisions of §§ 25-4-52 to 25-4-54, inclusive, do not apply if the child has been placed for adoption with a person other than the child's stepparent or grandparent. Any grandparent visitation rights granted pursuant to §§ 25-4-52 to 25-4-54, inclusive, prior to placement for adoption of the child with persons other than the child's stepparent or grandparent shall terminate upon the placement of the child for adoption.   

 Source:  SL 1982, ch 191, § 3.

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