The legal standing to grandparents to visitation rights with their grandchildren

Israel Doron, Galia Linchitz

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Imagine an ideal situation: you are in the later stages of your life; your adult children are marrying and the family is expanding, and in time grandchildren are born. Now keep imagining that your son or daughter are not getting along with their spouse and decide to separate and divorce. With great sadness and greater speed, the ideal story becomes tragic; the split is difficult and a bitter fight emerges between your adult child and their partner, with much emotion and deep anger. For reasons completely unrelated to you, the appropriate justice system decides to grant legal custody of the grandchildren to your child’s partner. At this stage, even if you have tried as much as possible to avoid taking sides or becoming involved at a personal level, you are dragged into the battle. When you attempt to maintain warm ties with your grandchildren, you suddenly find yourself up against a fortified wall. Whether through revenge or other considerations, your former son or daughter-in-law refuses to allow you to maintain a relationship with your grandchildren.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalElder Law Review
StatePublished - 2010


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