Question asked on Sep 09th, 2014

Q: In this particular case, the natural mother has refused visitation to the step-grandmother, who is legally married to her natural father, because the daughter resented the marriage from the beginning. There is NO question of misconduct of child care by either party.

A: Your question involves something of a false premise — there are basically no “rights” for either natural OR step-grandparents when it comes to visitation with minor children.  Either voluntary arrangements can be made through one or the other natural parents; if there has been a death or divorce, the process is a tenuous and difficult one to secure visitation over objection.  See the statute, discussion, and resources posted at

If both parents refuse, it may be impossible to overcome the objection.  If you have other questions, you may wish to consider conferring with a family law specialist.

Marshal S. Willick
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