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The Survival of Grandparent Visitation Statutes

By Rochelle Bobroff

Grandparent visitation statutes enacted in all 50 states have opened courthouse doors to grandparents seeking greater access to their grandchildren. In Troxel v. Granville the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional one of the broadest state grandparent visitation statutes. However, the plurality opinion explicitly stated that the decision did not invalidate the other state statutes. Thus more narrowly drawn grandparent visitation statutes should survive the Troxel decision.

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