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Grandparent Issues: Kansas
(Provided by: Divorce Source, Inc. Staff)
Grandparent Rights to Visitation:
Visitation may be granted in a custody order.
Kansas Statutes Annotated, Section 601616 (K.S.A. §60-1616).

When Adoption Occurs:
Adoption terminates rights unless you are the parent of the child's deceased parent and the surviving parent's spouse adopts.
Child Custody Statutes:
Best interest of child considering:
  1. any agreement of the parties;
  2. length of time child has been under actual care and control of any person other than a parent and the circumstances involved;
  3. desires of the parties;
  4. desires of child;
  5. interaction and interrelationship between child and parties, siblings and other significant persons;
  6. child's adjustment to home, school and community;
  7. each party's willingness and ability to respect and appreciate the bond between the child and the other party;
  8. any evidence of spousal abuse; and
  9. any other relevant factor.
K.S.A. §60-16-1610(a)(3).
Four types of custody are recognized, in the following order of preference:
  1. joint;
  2. sole;
  3. divided (if 2 or more children); and
  4. non-parental.
K.S.A. §601610(a)(3).
Parents May Choose:
Yes
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