North Carolina Grandparents Lobby for Grandparent Visitation Rights Statutes

Grandmother often took Grandchildren into her home to watch them and visit with them.

Grandmother had argument with oldest daughter and son-in-law in November of 2005.

Since then, Grandmother has been denied any contact with Grandchildren.

This is not the most common scenario under which grandparents lose access to grandchildren.

Generally, there is a divorce, or death of their child. Or the grandparent reported suspicions of child abuse or neglect to authorities.

Under the current state of the law in many states following US Supreme Court rulings whittling away grandparents’ visitation rights, a parent generally need not justify denial of contact with grandchildren.

But that doesn’t stop grandparents from trying to change the law. In North Carolina alone, there are hundreds of grandparents who have been torn from their grandchildren’s lives.

Sometimes the wedge carries over to block access with other grandchildren by other parents too.

Abandoned North Carolina grandparents have banded together in Grandchildren/Grandparents Rights of North Carolina. They are a support group and lobbyists rolled into one.

They are advocating for a law to allow grandparents to seek visitation in court.

Read more in this Lexington, NC Dispatch article: Woman fights for rights to visit grandchildren.