Rights of Grandparents

Many of us have questions about grandparents legal rights. When our children divorce, it sometimes (too often) happens that one partner will no longer allow access to the children by the ex-partner's parents. This can be heart-breaking for involved, loving grandparents.

Because laws regarding access to grandchildren vary from state to state and country to country, we can not offer advice on this website. Instead, we have gathered together links to organizations which can help, support and advise grandparents.

The first secretary of the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the U.N. (left), speaks at a press conference about the international summit of grandparents at U.N. headquarters in New York. With him are (left to right) Brigitte Castellano, National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights; Patti Page; Maggie Lee, of Grandparents Support Group (Bronx ,NY) and Beth Finkel of the AARP. (UN Photo/Ryan Brown)

The custody rights of grandparents who, for one reason or another are raising their grandchildren, can be a minefield.These kinship carers also need support from others in the same boat. There are many support groups for them too.

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