Grandparents and other nonparents are typically not entitled to visitation with a minor child as a matter of right because there is a recognized presumption that a parent’s desire to deny visitation is in the best interest of the child.
However, pursuant to NRS 125C.050, a grandparent or other nonparent may be granted judicially approved visitation rights in some instances. The first issue presented in the appeal in Rennels is whether the stipulated visitation order between a parent and a grandmother was a final decree entitled to res judicata protections.
The Nevada Supreme Court concluded that it was and then had to examine whether the parental presumption continued to apply when a parent seeks to modify or terminate a nonparent’s judicially approved visitation rights with a minor child.
The Nevada Supreme Court concluded that the parental presumption applies at the time of the court’s initial determination of a nonparent’s visitation rights. However, when, as in the Rennels case, a parent seeks to modify or terminate the judicially approved visitation rights of a nonparent, the parental presumption is no longer controlling.
Case of Rennels v. Rennels August 4, 2011
Our laws in Nevada are based on the ancient English concepts of stare decisis and common law, which means once the Nevada Supreme Court has decided what the law is for grandparent visitation, it remains the grandparent visitation law until the Nevada Supreme Court changes it or the Nevada legislature changes the grandparent visitation law.
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