With the approach of Grandparents Day, I've been thinking about grandparents who won't get to see their grandchildren on that day, or any other day in the near future. Every week I get anguished emails and forum posts from grandparents who have been denied contact with their grandchildren. The reasons vary widely. Death and divorce sometimes spark family crises. More often, it seems, interpersonal conflicts and power struggles between parents and grandparents are to blame. Grandparents can seek visitation through the court system, but since the Supreme Court case of Troxel v. Granville, the outcomes of such cases are uncertain at best. All things considered, I'm unable to offer much encouragement to those grandparents who want so desperately to see their grandchildren.
What I'd really love to hear are some stories from grandparents who have lost and regained contact with their grandchildren, either through the court system or simply through working out family conflicts. I've created a topic in the grandparents forum for those happy endings. If you have a story with a positive outcome, please post it there. I'm hoping to create a place where excluded grandparents can gain some tips and, more importantly, some hope for the future.
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