Amy Goyer 

Beyond Grandparents Day, the Legal Battle for Grandparent Rights Continues

Grandparents Day is supposed to be joyous, yet some are locked in visitation battles that last for years. Credit: jupiterimages
Richard Victor was three years out of law school when he heard a story about a grandmother being denied visits with...
Richard Victor was three years out of law school when he heard a story about a grandmother being denied visits with her grandchildren after her daughter died of cancer. It was the 1970's and the young lawyer couldn't help but think about how one day his own family, or any other, for that matter, could be affected by a similar fate.

Grandparent Rights in the Spotlight

Michael Jackson's untimely death that led to his 79-year-old mother, Katherine Jackson, being granted full custody of his three children has brought the grandparent rights controversy to a national level. Questions surrounding the decision, whic...

Grandparent Rights - The Legacy of Troxel v. Granville

If grandparents in traditional families sometimes feel neglected, those who are part of troubled family units suffer even more so. Amy Goyer, grandparenting and family columnist for the AARP, told ParentDish that divorce is not the only factor heatin...

Grandparent Rights - Grandparents Day Emerges

During the same year Victor was fighting for grandparents' rights in Michigan, a West Virginia housewife named Marian McQuade decided it was time to honor the elderly living in nursing homes and encourage grandchildren to seek the wisdom of the senio...

Grandparent Rights - State-by-State Rulings

States differ on their criteria for granting grandparents visitation and the National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights keeps track of state rulings on the issue, which is summarized here. Since 2001, several states have ruled on the is...


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