Grandparents are Not Equal to Parents


In an opinion published June 20, 2011, the Minnesota Court of Appeals found in favor of Larkin Hoffman's client, overturning a lower court decision that gave the maternal grandmother of the client's son "unprecedented" expansive visitation privileges that interfered with his role as father. The client, represented by attorney John R. "Rob" Hill with assistance from attorney Amy Helsene, was embroiled in a 2 1/2 year dispute over visitation rights with the maternal grandmother of his son, whose mother was slain by an ex-boyfriend in January 2009.

The Court of Appeals responded that the visitation schedule interfered with the father's relationship with his son. The Court of Appeals imposed a much more limited visitation schedule for the grandmother.