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.