Grandparents may also win visitation rights even if their son or daughter the father or mother of the child in question had his or her parental rights terminateda court may award a grandparent the same visitation rights as a parent without custody if the grandparents child is deceased and the grandparent has provided child support to the . Grandparent visitation laws do change although not terribly frequently some grandparents rights groups have organized to work for improved access to grandchildren they are however countered frequently by parents rights organizations trying to strengthen the position of parents thus many proposed bills die before becoming law. No grandparents have automatic legal rights to see or visit their grandchildren but in some states they may have rights to petition the court for visitation in certain situations frequently in the case of families separated by events such as divorce incarceration or the death of a parent. This guide was created to assist grandparents in researching their rights regarding their grandchildren this page lists relevant laws links to websites that discuss grandparents rights in plain english and information on who to contact
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