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Grandparent Visitation Rights State by State

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grandparent visitation laws in the United States

All states in the United States have laws about grandparent visitation.

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The topic of grandparent visitation is addressed in the laws of all of the United States, but the laws vary greatly from state to state. In addition, besides being addressed by statutory law, visitation rights are also impacted by case law, defined as court decisions which make new interpretations of statutes. In our mobile society, determining which state has jurisdiction can be another complicating factor.

The summaries of state law which follow are overviews, written in an effort to shorten and simplify the statutes for a lay audience. Each article links to the actual, official state statutes.

Special note: The statutes for different states are stored in different databases. Some of these databases are not user-friendly, and glitches occur frequently. In spite of these difficulties, it is always best to consult the official statutes rather than a secondary source that may not be up-to-date. Some databases will not allow a link to a specific section but only to the main page or table of contents. In this case users will need to look for the statute numbers supplied.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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