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Grandparent’s Rights in Custody and Visitation
Within the past decade or two, there have been dramatic changes to what was once a very traditional relationship between grandparents and their grandchild(ren). The ever increasing divorce rate has probably been the single most predominant factor responsible for these changes. However, single parenthood, adult drug and alcohol abuse, as well as economic issues have contributed greatly as well, the results of which have brought about significant changes to what was once a very traditional family structure.
A large percentage of grandparents have petitioned the court in the hopes of obtaining a regular visitation schedule with the grandchild(ren). Quite naturally, as a by-product of these factors, the individual states have had to address the issues of non-parental custody and the visitation rights of grandparents. As is the case with other divorce-related issues, the laws with regards to grandparent custody and visitation differ from state to state.
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DON’T GO TO COURT – Grandparents who want visitation should try to negotiate with their adult children rather than taking the case to court. Like divorce, court battles among family members, however high minded, tend to make for lasting bitterness and recrimination.
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