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 https://www.willicklawgroup.com/child-custody-and-visitation/.
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.
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