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Reader Stories: Grandparents Who Have Been Denied Visitation Rights


The unimaginable happens to thousands of grandparents each year. They are denied contact with their grandchildren. Some grandparents eventually win visitation rights through the courts, and some are able to work out a solution on their own. Many grandparents still suffer daily, prevented from seeing or even contacting their grandchildren. These are their stories.

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Grandparents' Rights From a Parent's Point of View

I involved my lawyer, and we have had a lawyer-on-lawyer meeting. This resulted in setting up an email to "open communication." Since then they have prearranged dates for activities and have demanded…More

Grandparents' Bid for Temporary Custody Fails

My husband and I went to court and did not succeed. We only wanted temporary custody so that our daughter would be forced to get help. The father to our first grandchild has done drugs before. We do …More

Couple Deals With Restricted Access to Granddaughter

First I told my son that we would see him when the abuse stops. So for a few months, we stayed away, but I missed our son so much. Eventually he called, but was still resentful and said we talked ill…More

Daughter Doesn't Follow Mother's Example of Tolerance

I sent her a card apologizing for any wrong for causing her pain. She said thank you and refused to talk. She will not tell me what I actually did wrong. I agree I am imperfect, but so is she. Tell m…More

Old Issue Causes Loss of Contact

I've been looking for a loophole or for the courts to change their view on the situation, and they have this last week. I have not yet taken my case to the court, but I am starting the supporting pap…More

Grandparent Concerned About Unborn Grandchild

I contacted an attorney who asked for $5200. I have half of that -- $2600 -- and am trying to get the rest of the money. The baby is due in five days. I tried talking to other lawyers and trying to m…More

It Hurts to Lose Contact With Great-Grandchildren, Too

We hired an expensive lawyer. We told him what we want. He was from a different city, but all he wants is money. Every time we meet with him, it is more money. I'm just afraid I'm never going to see …More

Grandparents Saddened by Grandchild's Plight

Heartbroken and the proven defacto custodians, we filed for an emergency custody hearing. Lawyers are a joke, and courts are annoyed by these cases. We sued, spent a five-figure amount trying to get …More

Grandmother Has to See Grandson at Soccer Games

I have done nothing yet, but he has another soccer game against my other grandson Thursday night and I plan on talking to him again. I will keep going to his games and supporting him to show him how …More

Sad Grandparents Day for Grandmother

My granddaughter's biological father is a ex-felon who pays no child support. My daughter complained to people that I don't approve of her choices, so she isn't talking to me. When I approached the p…More

Grandparents Seek for Answers

I've spent countless hours on the Internet, looking for answers, trying to find an answer. We cannot afford to pay a lawyer. We would love to see our grandchildren, but so far we have not been succes…More

Foster Mother Nixes Grandmother's Visits

I am still trying. I will not give up on my grandson! I need to find an attorney who will take my case pro bono. The computer offers that, and then it turns out to be a phone lawyer who wants money, …More

Grandparents Accused of Spoiling Grandchildren

I sent her an angry email about how I feel about her outburst. I have not heard anymore from her. I think her problem is more about immaturity and jealousy. My daughter's husband came from a very mea…More

Abusive Parents Take Grandchildren Away

We are suing for grandparent rights. Both parents are bi-polar. There has been abuse and neglect, which we were unable to report due to threats. Emotional extortion is a real thing that these parents…More

Grandmother Struggles to Protect Granddaughter

I went to the police and also DFCS (Division of Family and Child Services). NO ONE would help me. I talked with a child detective. He was supposed to go to the home of the other grandmother and try t…More

Grandmother Has No Good News

We tried to talk to our daughter-in-law, but she changes her cell phone number about every day. She has cussed all of us out and said terrible things. When she came to get her stuff, she would not le…More

Second Part of the Story

While this started in Florida, we moved to Canada and decided to go to family court. After massive research and even more documentation, which we supplied to our attorney, the judge granted access to…More

Grandmother Prepares for Court Case

We are going to court in early January, I believe the outcome will be successful. To help my attorney I put together a dossier. First I wrote a 40-page report of our lives for the past five years. St…More

Grandmother Denied Contact With Two Grandsons

My son and #2 have two little boys ages 4 and 7. The outcome has been that I haven't seen the two little boys at all. I did see the older of the two when my son and DIL came to the funeral of my husb…More

Grandmother Expected to Suffer in Silence

He was over today and informed me that he was not given permission to bring the children over and that he has now decided he has to test us to see if we are okay. This wasn't the first time he told m…More

Daughter-in-Law Restricts Grandparents' Access to Grandchildren

I relentlessly call and email and text her to be able to talk to them. I constantly make plans to visit them. I told her that she cannot erase our blood or our love. When she doesn't answer me for ma…More

Mother Discourages Contact With Teen Granddaughter

I was able to talk to the mother and was told that these are difficult years for young teens and we would have to take a back seat to her friends. The mother is unwilling to enforce visits with us. S…More

Political Views Cost Grandparents Dearly

I have tried, unsuccessfully, to heal the rift between us. I have requested that I be able to see the kids, but my daughter always has a reason why I cannot. I live 500 miles away and have made the t…More

Grandmother Pays Price for Expressing Opinion

I called her on the phone and told her she needed to stay home and cook and clean for the kids because her house was nasty. At that time her oldest was about 13, and she wasn't their mother. I lied a…More

Son's Actions Cause Grandmother to Lose Contact With Grandchildren

The mother contacted me through text, and I tried talking with her but got nowhere. I am at a loss as to what to do. The children and their mother live in Louisiana and I am in Texas. I cannot afford…More

Grandparents Face Loss of Contact With 4-Year-Old Grandson

We are hoping for grandparent visits along with our son. They are actually getting a divorce but mediation has to step in, hopefully for the sake of our son and for us as grandparents. Please pray fo…More

Estranged Grandmother Says "Never Give Up"

My daughter refuses to take my calls. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of emails exchanged have done nothing but escalate the problem. I have begged, pleaded, yelled, cried and begged again. I have consulte…More

Grandparent Denied Contact in Maine

I have tried to reconcile with the adoptive parents through emails. They do not respond. The other adoptive mother totally ignores me. I have tried to call DHHS workers who were involved at the time,…More

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