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Grandparents Rights, Grandparents Alienation and the Fact That They Do Exist

by jacquelyn on February 10, 2010

Grandparents Rights

There are people who say that grandparents rights to see their grandchildren should not exist. Our heritage is passed down from generation to generation and children as well as grandchildren at some point in there lives will want to know these things.They are handed down in stories from parents to their children and from grandparents to their grandchildren.

Some people do not see the harm that Grandparent alienation does to families and grandparents. It is an invisible abuse, because no one sees the anxiety or the broken heart but we feel it. As an earlier articles of my stated, my son was killed in an automobile accident and I never thought that my daughter-in-law would ever utter the words..You will never see these kids again.She might as well have stabbed me in the heart with a knife. When parents in these kind of situations decide to move there lives in a different direction you can suddenly feel the effect that grandparent alienation can have on your heart. It can almost make you ill. Children have questi0ns too so try to let them know what is going on. They are very scared because they do not understand why things are the way they are.

Note In my situation with there being substance abuse involved I had to wonder about the welfare of my grandchildren. If you think your adult child is on drugs and not properly taking care of their children there are places to get help. The first thing you will need to establish is are they using drugs. Peoples personalities usually change drastically with the use of drugs. When drug use is a factor from what I have seen,your grandchildren are in danger. Seek out your local agency who has counselors to educate you on the signs of drug use and how to deal with the situation. They will alert you as to your options.

Bonds made between a grandchild and grandparent is a very special and precious one – and one you should protect and maintained for the sake of the children.They are so innocent and only know love. They see and are taught the other things. There are organizations such as that can help with questions that you may have.

Court Decisions From the research I have been doing on these rights most courts still go with what is in the best interest of the children however it seems that most parents rights still trump grandparents rights unless the parent can be proven unfit.

Every State May Be Different To find help start by finding all cases and information on the internet and read them. It is always best if you can work out something with the parent but if you can not then I would seek out legal help. It does not mean that you will have to hire a lawyer but maybe they can educate you on what your rights are in your state.

I cannot explain how painful it is for someone you had welcomed into your family as your son/daughters partner and treated with kindness, respect and help, could react with such a spiteful refusal of contact with your grandchild. My daughter-in-law got mad because she said I do not respect her. (I accused her of being on drugs again and I believe she is) I had seen several years of drug abuse and addiction from her and my son so I did see the signs again. Now with my son gone she does not want me in her business. I brought this to her attention because I care about her. I am not a lawyer in my rode to figuring out what to do about grandparents I have found several places to get help and ideas on what kind of help I need. Always explore you options for child custody and stay in touch with your grandchildren. I am still in the process of trying to get legal visitation with my grandchildren. I get to see them some but what if she gets mad at me again. The things she got mad at me for had nothing to do with my relationship to my grandchildren but a way for her to use them against me. Children should not be used in this way. I think that is one reason the new grandparents rights are being addressed. I love my grandchildren and I hope I can be in their lives forever.

I hope you never have this problem but if you do be sure and search out your options. The New Grandparents Rights are certainly something to check out. I wish you all the best. Good luck with your grandchildren.
Jacquelyn Dunn

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