Grandparent Visitation And Legislative Decisions

Grandparent Visitation And Legislative Decisions

Grandparents do not have automatic rights to visit their grandchildren in case of a divorce or custody battle. It has to be authorized by one of the parent (the custodian parent) in order for grandparents to meet the grandchild. Unfortunately during bitter divorce and custody rights battle, two people get hurt unnecessarily and they are the children and grandparents.

In fact, when something so bitter is taking place, the children will be most secure with their grandparents. However, the law does not see it that way and the rules deny rights to grandparents even against their wishes. Several grandparents in the United States fight a battle that costs thousands of dollars to visit their grandchildren and lose out. However, after a lot of arguments and prior consideration, some states in the United States have become more lenient and considerate towards the grandparents' rights. States like Illinois, for example, grant some privileges to visit minor grandchild. Some other states, which have reservations for grandparents, and great grandparents are Connecticut, Texas, Michigan and Georgia.

However, all states do have some amount of rights for grandparents but these rights can be actually severely controlled by the child’s parents. If both parents are not alive, then the grandparent might automatically become the guardian in absence of a will. However, in case if one parent is alive and does not wish that the children see their grandparents, the court or law or grandparents cannot oppose it and if the grandparents take that parent to court, the case is often weak.

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