Families take many forms and undergo many changes throughout the course of a child's life. This in turn may lead to conflict among the child's parents and extended family members. One area that has garnered attention here in Maryland and elsewhere involves the rights of grandparents in connection to visitation. What are the current laws in relation to this matter?
Haven't we all heard the popular quip from grandparents? "The best thing about being a grandparent is that you get to send the children home with their parents at the end of the day." But, we all know that most grandparents love their grandchildren dearly and, given our busy and hectic schedules, grandparents cherish the limited time they get to spend together with their grandchildren. Children also benefit greatly from time spent in visitation with their grandparents. Unfortunately, in the past, grandparents did not have much say over what happened to their grandchildren when their son's or daughter's families broke up. Due to family breakups or other circumstances, grandparents were, and sometimes still are, deprived of seeing their grandchildren.