Did any new laws come out this year about a grandmother's child custody rights? 21 Answers as of August 13, 2012

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Law Office of Melvin Franke | Melvin Franke
I don't know yet
Answer Applies to: Missouri
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Slotnick & Schwartz
Slotnick & Schwartz | Leonard T. Schwartz
Not in New Jersey
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
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Victor Varga | Victor Varga
No, the current law is good , no rights.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
The Texas Family Code changes every odd numbered year. I cannot summarize here the changes, but the direct answer to your question is yes. Effective September 1, 2011 there were new laws related to grandparents who seek custody rights. They still have none and if they try and loose they pay the other side's attorneys fees. Once and for all - IN TEXAS, A GRANDPARENT HAS NO CUSTODY RIGHTS IN RELATION TO GRANDCHILDREN AS A MATTER OF LAW. Parents have rights to their own kids, Grandparents have the right to be grandparents, they do not have the right to sue for custody, demand visitation, or otherwise tell the parents how to raise the children/grandchildren. Grandparents can gain custody rights only in very limited circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Texas
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Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
No, not that are constitutionally enforceable.
Answer Applies to: Florida
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    Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
    In Michigan, no.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
    Grandparents can ask for visitation. Custody? only if you can show that the child is not safe with a parent (s)
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
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    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
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    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    Minnesota has passed no new laws relating to grandparents rights. The rights previously included in Minnesota Statutes remain however, To have your matter reviewed, you should contact legal counsel.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
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    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    I'm not aware of anything significant in Washington.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
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    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
    Grandparents visitation rights in the state of Alabama depend upon the family situation of the grandchild and a determination of the child's best interest.In order to qualify for a legal hearing, one of the following situations must exist:The parents are divorced, a parent or parent is deceased, the child was born out of wedlock, the child was abandoned by a parent, the grandparents have been denied visitation.Factors which the court may consider when determining the best interest of the child include the following:The willingness of the grandparents to promote the relationship between the grandchild and his or her parents,the preference of the child, the mental and physical health of the child, the mental and physical health of the grandparents, any evidence of domestic violence in the home, the wishes of the parents.Adoption terminates grandparents visitation rights.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
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    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    Grand parents can get custody or visitation only if their son or daughter is out of the case, deceased or had her/his rights terminated.
    Answer Applies to: California
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    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    Not in Colorado.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
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    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    A non-parent does not have "custody rights." Only a parent has legal standing to seek custody or to intervene in a pending custody action. Grandparents have "grandparenting time rights" in certain circumstances, but no right to seek custody.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/13/2012
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    Not regarding custody cases, but the "bar" has been very slightly lowered as far a burden of proof for grandparent visitation cases. You need to see an attorney and get advice about your specific situation.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
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    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    Not in Idaho
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
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    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    Grandparents have no rights in the United States nor in Alabama have a right to custody of their grandchildren over the wishes of the parents unless they can prove that the parents are unfit to rear the children.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
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    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    Nothing new came out regarding grandparent's rights.
    Answer Applies to: California
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    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Not that I am aware of.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
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    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    There are reasonably recent laws regarding very limited grandparents rights in Michigan.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    A grandparent's right to visitation in Alabama has pretty much been gutted by the court system. A grandparent can seek custody by filing a dependency action stating that the parents are unfit and the grandparent is the best person to have custody. However, the burden to prove unfitness can be relatively high. Do not try to do this yourself. You will need a skilled family lawyer to help you.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/13/2012
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