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  Section 452-402 Grandparent's visitation rights granted
Grandparents shall also have the right to file a motion to modify the original decree of dissolution to seek visitation rights when visitation has been denied to them; or
The right of a grandparent to maintain visitation rights pursuant to this section may terminate upon the adoption of the child.
Statute granting grandparents right to petition court for visitation with grandchildren is reasonable both because it contemplates only minimal intrusion on family relationship and because it is narrowly tailored to adequately protect interests of parents and children.
www.moga.state.mo.us /statutes/C400-499/4520000402.HTM   (695 words)

  Grandparent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Grandparents are family members, the father and mother of a person's own father and mother, being respectively grandfather and grandmother.
In traditional cultures, grandparents often had a direct and clear role in relation to the care and nurture of children.
In Hong Kong, some grandparents live with one of their children and assume the role of parent for grandchildren when grandchildren's parents are out to work all day.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Grandparent   (463 words)

 Grandparent Visitation
Grandparent visitation is also allowed in cases where it is found to be in the best interest of the child even if the child is still living with both parents and one of the parents objects to the visitation.
Grandparents may also obtain visitation if their child is deceased, unwed, or if the grandchild resided with the grandparents for six of the preceding twenty-four months and the parents subsequently refused visitation.
Without contact with grandparents, a child loses a vital and natural way to see and understand the he or she is part of a continuum, that he or she has roots, that he or she is the future and the hope of all of those who preceded.
www.usd.edu /elderlaw/archives/grandparent_visitation.htm   (5603 words)

 Grandparent and Caretaker Visitation Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Grandparents, stepparents, and other caretakers often form deep and loving attachments with the children in their lives.
All 50 states currently have some type of "grandparent visitation" statute through which grandparents and sometimes others (foster parents and stepparents, for example) can ask a court to grant them the legal right to maintain their relationships with loved children.
Both restrictive and permissive visitation statutes have been challenged in court by parents who argue that the laws are an infringement on parents' rights to raise their children as they see fit.
www.nolo.com /encyclopedia/articles/div/grandparents.html   (373 words)

 DivorceNet - Grandparent Visitation Rights
Grandparents may provide a stabilizing role in their grandchildren’s lives, particularly after a divorce or crisis (such as the death of a parent).
The mere fact that parents are divorced, or that the grandparent’s child dies or is incarcerated, should not automatically serve to grant the custodial parent the right to sever a positive relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren.
Some grandparents are excluded from their grandchildren’s lives for good cause, for example, where they were abusive to their own children and cannot be trusted with the grandchildren.
www.divorcenet.com /states/new_jersey/grandparent_visitation_rights   (645 words)

 Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Children in Grandparent Care
Grandparents most often take on this responsibility when a parent has a severe emotional, mental health, alcohol, or drug problem, or when abuse or neglect has occurred and the grandparent does not want the grandchild placed in a foster home (Jendrek 1994).
Given grandparents' distinct characteristics, income hardship, and the fact that they are caring for children who sometimes experience difficulties, we look at the service needs and receipt of children in their care.
Estimates of grandchildren being cared for by grandparents are not available for the years 1984 to 1988 because of limitations in the coding of subfamilies in the census and CPS (Pebley and Rudkin 1999).
www.urban.org /Template.cfm?NavMenuID=24&template=/TaggedContent/ViewPublication.cfm&PublicationID=8561   (4762 words)

 DivorceNet - Michigan Grandparent Visitation Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
However, this only applied to grandparents of the alleged father if he has been declared legally to be the father of the child by a proper court proceeding and the child's father provides child support in accordance with his ability to provide support or care for his child.
The grandparent who is requesting visitation has the burden to show the court by a preponderance of evidence, which is 51% or more, that the parent's decision to deny visitation to the grandparent does indeed create harm, either mentally, physically or emotionally, to the health of the minor child.
The willingness of the grandparent, except in the case of abuse or neglect, to encourage a close relationship between the child and the parent or parents of the child.
www.divorcenet.com /states/michigan/michigan_grandparent_visitation_law   (1068 words)

 Grandparents' Visitation Rights
The issue of grandparents’ rights to file legal proceedings pertaining to visitation or custody for their grandchildren is of great interest to senior adults in Illinois and throughout the United States.
The burden is on the petitioner (grandparent) to prove that the parent’s actions and decisions are harmful to the child.
In states where there is no law granting grandparent visitation rights, any visitation rights grandparents have derive from the child’s parents or from the authority of the state to intervene in family issues when there are events which trigger the state’s authority to protect children, such as in cases of abuse or neglect.
www.egyptianaaa.org /GRGgrandparentRights.htm   (539 words)

 Grandparent Visitation Evaluations
Grandparent visitation usually becomes an issue when the non-custodial parent has restricted visitation (because of psychological or behavioral problems), or when the non-custodial parent does not exercise the visitation options outlined in the divorce agreement.
Occasionally, grandparents may seek visitation with children when there is no divorce, but the relationship between the parents and grandparents is problematic, resulting in restricted contact with the children, for the grandparents.
Grandparent visitation is not considered a right, like parental visitation rights, and parents are presumed to have the right to sever their relationship with the grandparents, which would eliminate contact with the children.
www.psychologyinfo.com /DJF/grandparents.html   (585 words)

 Grandparent Development Theory
Grandparents who enjoy their interaction as grandchildren grow older are more able to cope with difficulties and remain a source of personal counseling.
Grandparents are able to eliminate certain of their frustrations by modifying expectations of grandchildren.
Grandparents should be aware of the abilities, feelings, values, choices, and problems of their grandchildren.
www.public.asu.edu /~rdstrom/GPtheory.html   (1519 words)

 Co-resident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: Grandparent Maintained Families
We argue that this is inappropriate for the purposes of this study because although these grandparents may be babysitting for their grandchildren while the parents are working, they are unlikely to be providing much economic support and instead are more likely to rely on their children for support.
To estimate the number of grandparents in each family type, we ascertain the gender, marital status and living arrangements of the grandparents in all family households in which a grandparent is the householder -- maintains a household for at least one grandchild under 18.
Grandparents and their grandchildren would benefit greatly if policies and programs intended to help traditional parent-child families in times of need could be uniformly extended to grandchildren.
www.census.gov /population/www/documentation/twps0026/twps0026.html   (7238 words)

 Alaska Grandparent's Rights by Anchorage Lawyer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
In the past, the only avenue which may have been available to grandparents in most cases was to request that their children ask the court for grandparents rights in an active divorce or custody case.
The law allows grandparents to petition the court prior to the entry of a divorce or custody decree, if the grandparent has established or attempted to establish ongoing personal contact with the child, and visitation is in the best interest of the child.
In determining grandparent visitation, the court must consider whether the child's parent who is the son or daughter of the of the grandparent had any history of child abuse or domestic violence.
www.alaska.net /~pradell/Information/Grandparent's_Rights.html   (495 words)

 Grandparent Caretaker communique
A caretaker authorization affidavit may be executed by a grandparent if the child is living with the grandparent and the grandparent has made “reasonable attempts” to locate and contact both of the child’s parents or the child’s guardian or custodian, but has been unable to do so.
The caretaker authorization is created by the grandparent by using a form provided in RC 3109.66 and must be signed by the grandparent, notarized, and filed by the grandparent within five days in the juvenile court in the county where the grandparent resides or in any other court having jurisdiction over the child.
Whenever one of these terminating events occurs (excluding the death of the grandparent), it is the responsibility of the grandparent to inform all relevant parties, in writing, including the school district, within one week of the terminating event.
www.osba-ohio.org /gcl.htm   (995 words)

 Nichols & Eberth, P.C. - Grandparent Visitation
However, this only applies, to grandparents of the alleged father if he has been declared legally to be the father of the child by a proper court proceeding and the child's father provides child support in accordance with his ability to provide sup-port or care for his child.
The grandparent who is requesting visitation has the duty to show the court by a preponderance of the evidence (51% or more) that the parent's decision to deny visitation to the grandparent does create harm, either mental, physical, or to the emotional health, of the child.
This would be for either the parent or the grandparent, depending on the discretion of the court hearing the case.
www.michiganattorney.com /grandparent.htm   (942 words)

 Aging Texas Well: Grandparent Visitation (DADS)
Grandparents' rights generally apply to two issues: custody of a grandchild and visitation privileges.
A grandparent may file suit requesting custody if they believe it is in the child's best interest.
Visitation statutes vary widely from state to state on crucial details such as who may petition for visitation rights, under what circumstances a grandparent may file such a petition, and on what legal grounds the petition will be granted.
www.dads.state.tx.us /services/agingtexaswell/legal/grandparent_visitation.html   (200 words)

 Grandparent Visitation Rights in a New York Divorce
A grandparent typically will be granted the right to visitation during and once the divorce is final.
If the Grandparent is being denied visitation he or she or both must file an application with the court in the County in which the child resides.
At this point in time it is up to the grandparent(s) to prove to the court that visitation with them is in the best interests of the child.
www.nydivorceonline.com /nypages/Visitation/grandparent_visitation_rights.asp   (327 words)

 Cook Schuhmann & Groseclose - Grandparent Visitation
First, if no previous case has been filed, a grandparent can petition the court for visitation if: (1) the grandparent has established or attempted to establish ongoing personal contact with the child and (2) visitation by the grandparent is in the child’s best interests.
Under these circumstances a grandparent may petition a court for visitation only if (1) the grandparent did not request visitation in a prior legal proceeding or (2) there has been a change of circumstances with the custodial parent or the child that justifies reconsideration of the grandparent’s visitation rights.
Grandparent visitation is a hot issue nationally, particularly among the legal community, since 2000, when the United States Supreme Court entered its decision in Troxel v.
www.alaskalaw.com /Grandvisit.htm   (375 words)

 Grandparent Adoptions - Law Firm Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. Attorneys Indianapolis, Indiana   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
There are a variety of reasons why grandparents choose to adopt their grandchildren, not the least of which it the feeling of obligation for maintaining the family unit.
Many grandparents choose to adoption so that they can provide health insurances, receive subsidized housing that includes the child, and enroll their grandchildren in school.
When older grandparents adopt their grandchildren, they must consider their health and financial ability to care for the child.
www.kirsh.com /CM/ProspectiveAdoptiveParents/grandparent-adoptions.asp   (306 words)

 The Gitlin Law Firm - Woodstock, Illinois -- Grandparent Visitation in Illinois Q&A
In most cases, the relationship between a child and his or her grandparents is a nurturing, loving relationship that provides a vital connection to the family's history and roots.
The visitation of the grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling must not diminish the visitation of the parent who is not related to the grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling seeking visitation;
The provides generally applying to a divorce allow grandparent visitation if one parent does not object and the visitation does not diminish the visitation of the parent not related to the grandparent.
www.gitlinlawfirm.com /qa/grandparent.htm   (1853 words)

Grandparents are often the silent victims of divorce.
(1) The willingness of the grandparent or grandparents to encourage a close relationship between the child and the parent or parents.
After visitation rights have been granted to any grandparent, the legal custodian, guardian, or parent of the child may petition the court for revocation or amendment of the visitation rights, for good cause shown, which the court, in its discretion, may grant or deny.
www.divorceinfo.com /algrandparents.htm   (552 words)

A biological grandparent may petition the district court for visitation privileges with respect to a grandchild when the grandchild has been adopted or adoption is sought, pursuant to the provisions of the Adoption Act [32A-5-1 to 32A-5-45 NMSA 1978], by:
When a petition filed pursuant to the provisions of the Grandparent's Visitation Privileges Act [this article] is filed during the pendency of an adoption proceeding, the petition shall be filed as part of the adoption proceedings.
When a grandparent is granted visitation privileges with respect to a minor child pursuant to the provisions of the Grandparent's Visitation Privileges Act [this article] and the child's custodian intends to depart the state or to relocate within the state with the intention of changing that child's domicile, the custodian shall:
www.uslegalforms.com /lawdigest/grandparents.php/NM/NM-DO-30-FF.htm   (904 words)

 Grandparent Visitation Rights
In our mobile society, many children live half way across the country and grandparents are lucky to see their grandchildren once or twice a year.
Today, even that seldom is better than what an increasing number of grandparents are facing: a court fight for the right to see their grandchildren.
Grandparents should step in only when there is a threat to the children's safety.
www.grandtimes.com /visit.html   (874 words)

 Grandparent Liability
Under the Grandparent Liability Law, both sets of grandparents of a child born to teen parents are legally responsible for supporting their grandchild.
Grandparents could be responsible for financially supporting their grandchild when young parents are unable to do so.
Otherwise, to receive grandparent support, the grandparents, the young parents, or someone acting for the grandchild needs to ask the court to decide how much support is needed from each grandparent.
www.dwd.state.wi.us /dwd/publications/dws/child_support/pes_783_p.htm   (467 words)

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