Category: Third Party Visitation

Marquardt v. Hagemann-Glascock

Continuing obligation by father to pay child support does make a paternity action an underlying action allowing a grandmother to petition for visitation. Unless there is a previous filed action which threatens to expose children to the trauma of a dissolving family, the state cannot interfere with parents’ decision.

In Re Custody of H.S.H-K

No custody action under ch. 767, but court has equitable power to protect child’s best interests by ordering visitation. Courts have jurisdiction in equity to act in the best interests of a child. Court can order visitation where petitioner has parent-like relationship and a significant triggering event justifies state intervention.