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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.

Should the Child Who Inherited My Name Inherit Everything Else?

Each of my grandchildren have been given a family name for their middle names, two from the mother's family and two from the father's side. One of the children's middle name is my maiden name, which will not be continued other than with this child....

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...

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...

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...

Grandmas Who Don't Babysit

It seems that there's another controversy caused by someone in the Obama household. But this time, as the saying goes, it's personal. Michelle Obama's mother Marian Robinson became the nation's First Grandma when she moved into the White House to...

Hillary Clinton wants grandkids

I know there are a lot of people who don't think so, but if you can get past all the politics, Hillary Clinton is, in fact, a human being. She's even a mother to Chelsea Clinton who, by all accounts, has turned out quite well, despite growing up as a...

100-year-old man has 100 grand kids

We just visited my parents this weekend, allowing them to spend a little time with their one and only grandchild. They're not quite 50, so -- if mom and dad are ever going to live up to this guy -- that leaves my siblings and I roughly half a century...

Leona Helmsley leaves $12 million for dog, nothing for grandkids

Leona Helmsley was an interesting woman. Nothing if not eccentric, the hotel mogul has apparently left her dog -- a white Maltese named Trouble -- $12 million in her will. And, after the prized canine's life of luxury finally comes to end, her mortal...

101 grandchildren, and he remembers all of their names

Aleksei Shapoval had a lot of kids. Then his kids all had a lot of kids, and now, at age 72, he's a grandfather more than a hundred times over. Tatiana, Shapoval's 101st grandchild was born this week, giving him 50 granddaughters in addition to his...

Raising grandchildren not bad for your health!

Common wisdom has it that when grandparents are caregivers for their children's children, they pay a price with their health.The physical demands and stress of child-rearing combined with an aging body would logically result in poorer health, right?...

Blogging Baby Size Six: The benefits of living close to grandparents

About eighth years ago we moved to the town where I grew up. The reasons were fairly straight forward for our choice of living locales. It is a small, mountain community that offers many year round activities for the entire family.  It is mostly...

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