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From: Lynda CarterLate last year I watched, listened, sympathised and felt really sick at heart for a friend of mine who's young daughter Faith had been tragically killed in a road traffic accident two years previously. Her daughter and her grandchild, Lauren aged 4 were at the time living with them and had been since Lauren was born.
My friend and her husband were granted legal custody of Lauren on a temporary basis and thinking nothing more of it tried to continue life and assist their grandchild to come to terms with the loss of her mother.
What happened last year, two years on from this tragedy, was then to turn everyones life upside down again! Lauren's father was awarded custody and Lauren was removed from her grandparents home to live with her father. This situation caused untold pain and distress to both my friends, the grandparents and Lauren, the grandchild and throughout this despair my friend promised Lauren that they would stay in touch and would have regular visits.
Naive on my friend's part you might say. But, you see, she had never been in this situation before and had no idea of the law. She was looking at it from a maternal point of view and trying to ease the distress of her grandchild, not for one minute thinking that the courts would see it any other way.
What it comes down to is:
My friend had no idea of her rights as a Grandparent.
Visitation Rights were petitioned for and what ensued was a prolonged legal struggle. A difficult decision by a court in any state but you would always hope that in the end, the child's best interest was taken into account.
Now, my friends had a satisfactory outcome and were permitted visitation rights and are therefore able to continue a relationship with the child who had in fact lived in their home since birth. It was hard on everyone and barriers had to be overcome in the first instance with the child's father to ensure this relationship continued .
It got me to thinking how dreadful a family situation can turn out to be with a change of circumstance like this and I decided to see what help was available online.
It is a fact that:
Supreme Court July 2000 decision of Troxel v. Granville set a precedent and in summary the ruling was that if a parent decides to allow grandparents visitations rights, the parents decide the terms of those visits and if they decide to say 'no', that decision will stand unless proof can be shown that harm will come if such visits are not permitted.
It became a minefield to ascertain these few facts because of the different state rulings. However, I seriously thought about the information and answers my friend had needed to know, made a list and concentrated on finding the answers to the following information she was looking for:
An E-book that provides exactly what is required with specific details for all 50 states.
I have to admit that at first glance the authors are not the best at building websites, however the information contained in this E-book more than makes up for that and delivers exactly what I was looking for:
It certainly answered the questions that my friend had needed answering and I really wish I had found it when she needed it. It is a really sensible price and I hope it helps you at this time of desperation and pain to set you on the correct path to a fair solution for all, especially the children concerned.