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Posted on August 7, 2012 by Christine Crosby in 

Newsflash! Connecticut Enacts Grandparent Visitation Law in July

 Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy  signed legislation into law that creates a process by which grandparents may apply for visitation with their grandchildren. Previously, Connecticut grandparents had no clear route through the court system to apply for, or receive, visitation rights to the grandchildren.  In response to at least one publicized court case, the legislature decided to act. State Representatives Joseph Serra and Michelle Cook, among others, proposed a bill that creates a distinct and defined process by which grandparents apply for visitation. The process requires proof that the grandparent has a “parent-like” relationship with his or her grandchild, has participated in activities with his or her grandchild, and ensures that permitting visitation would not harm the child.

 The Connecticut Department of Children and Families noted that, “[the new law] balances the constitutional right of parents to make decisions in the best interests of their children, with the desire of grandparents to be an important part of their grandchildren’s lives.”

Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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