GRAND Magazine - March/April 2011 - (Page 37)

grandparent rights Sneaking around When it comes to court-ordered visitations, should you follow your heart or your head? BY SUSAN HOFFMAN Dear Susan, Susan Hoffman is the author of Grand Wishes: Advocating to Preserve the GrandparentGrandchild Bond and director of Advocates for Grandparent Grandchild Connection. 36 GRAND MAR APR 2011 I represented myself in family court, which is known as “pro per,” and won my court-ordered visitation with my grandson. I now have 12 hours a month, picking him up from school every other Friday and then spending time with him before taking him home at 9 p.m. It’s not enough for either of us. The problem is now we are sneaking. My grandson calls me in between the courtordered visits and asks for rides to and from school, especially when it rains. It’s so hard, I just can’t say no, and sometimes he’s calling because he’s hungry. But when his mom (my daughter) found out, she went ballistic and threatened to stop all visits. I explained to my grandson that it’s too risky and we will end up losing what we have, but Share this article with your friends. * photo: © Renphoto

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March/April 2011

Grand - Mar/Apr 2011
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Central
Tanner, a poem by Glenda Barrett
Cover Story: Envisioning Clean and Green
Fly, Ladies!
Take Charge of Your Health
Grand Products
Angels in St. Petersburg
The Power of Prevention
Grandparent Rights: Sneaking Around
Ask Next Stage Woman
Kinship Care
Fighting Family Obesity
Grand Finale
Toys ’N Tech
Find Fun Things To Do
Pot or Not?

GRAND Magazine - March/April 2011