Grandparents Rights in Washington State

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Until recently grandparent’s right were considered unconstitutional in many states, now most states have some form of grandparent’s rights. In Washington State it has been a struggle for many grandparents to even have limited visitation with their grandchildren. The 14th amendment of the constitution gives explicit rights to biological parents. For a court to force time between grandchildren and grandparents is direct violation of this right.

The term “Grandparents” is a very unique word for vital link in any family

To begin with, a recent study found that grandparents play a key role in the outward and cognitive development of a child. The results of the study showed at the infant stage that children develop higher intellects when taken care of by their grandparents

The concept of grandparents rights is relatively new and is the product of several factors. These factors include greater longevity, which has given many grandparents larger roles in their grandchildren’s lives, and a rising divorce rate, which in many cases has put those relationships in peril. Grandparents facing the loss of their visitation rights have sought legal relief from a patchwork of laws and legal precedents which vary greatly from location to location. In the United States, grandparents rights are governed primarily by state statute, but no less an authority than the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on the subject Grandparents' rights to visitation with their grandchildren may be different depending on the state in which the grandparents and grandchildren live. Grandparents can petition in court for grandparent visitation rights, but there are some restrictions on their ability to do so. The biggest obstacle to grandparents petitioning for visitation rights is that according to the U.S. Constitution parents have a fundamental right to the care, custody, and control of their children. This right includes making decisions for the child about whether grandparents should be...
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