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grand legal Do grandparents have visitation rights? Q A Visitation statutes do not give a grandparent an absolute right to visitation. All 50 states have some type of grandparent visitation law that allows grandparents to ask a court to give them the legal right to maintain their relationships with their grandchildren. Visitation statutes, however, do not give a grandparent an absolute right to visitation, and the laws 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. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that unless there are allegations that a child’s parents are unfit, the wishes of the parents should be given priority in resolving visitation disputes: Troxel et vir. v. Granville (U.S. Supreme Court, No. 99-138, June 5, 2000). Do grandparents in America have visitation rights when it comes to their grandchildren? –Anita Graham, St. Petersburg, FL This ruling has undoubtedly influenced state visitation laws and how courts rule in these cases. Grandparents should try to develop a strong bond with the parents of the grandchild so that the relationship will survive anything that puts the grandchild’s family at risk, including divorce or death. Grandparents should try to negotiate specific visitation rights. Where negotiations fail, they should seek mediation. If a grandparent visitation agreement is not reached, either by negotiation or mediation, a grandparent can petition a court to be granted visitation. G The information above is provided by Andrew H. Hook, CELA member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, leading the way in special needs and elder law, www.NAELA.org. Share this article with your friends. If you have a question about grandparent rights or other legal issues affecting you as a GRANDparent, please send to grand@grandmagazine.comGRAND OCTOBER
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - October 2009

GRAND Magazine - October 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Crystal Gayle: A Glimmer of Crystal
Guide for New Grandparents
Cyber-Savvy GRAND
Ask GRAND
Together Time
A Halloween Read Aloud
First Person
GRAND Legal
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Intro
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Magazine - October 2009
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cover2
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 3
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 4
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 5
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Contents
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 7
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 8
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 9
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 10
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Central
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 12
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 13
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 14
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 15
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 16
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 17
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Crystal Gayle: A Glimmer of Crystal
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 19
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 20
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 21
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Guide for New Grandparents
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 23
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 24
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 25
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cyber-Savvy GRAND
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 27
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 28
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Ask GRAND
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Together Time
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 32
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - A Halloween Read Aloud
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - First Person
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 36
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 37
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 38
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 39
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Legal
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cover4
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