Right to see Grandchildren after parents' divorces

    A court may award visitation rights if the child's parent is deceased or declared legally incompetent, a grandparent is the parent of the deceased or incompetent parent to the grandchild, and visitation is in the child's best interest.

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As a grandparent, do I have the right to visit my grandchild? 
Grandparents only have the right to ask for visitation. They do not have a guaranteed right to visit and see their grandchildren. If you currently have a visitation court order, you have the right to have that order enforced.

How do I get to visit my grandchildren? 
Every family is different and you know your family best when it comes to deciding how to resolve any family problems. It is recommended to first try to work out visits with the child’s parents. Talk to the parents and tell them you miss your grandchild. You may also try to have a neutral person, such as a mediator, help you with this. Each Family Court in New York City has a mediation program. If you can’t agree or think that you can’t talk about the problem with each other, then go to court and file papers for visitation.

What do I have to show the court in order to have visits with my grandchildren?
You must first show that you have what “standing.” Standing gives you the right to ask for visitation with your grandchild. If one of the parents is deceased, then you have standing to ask for visits without having to show anything else. If both parents are living, you must show that you either have a positive existing relationship with your grandchild but are not allowed to see your grandchild or that the parents have not allowed you to have a relationship with your grandchild but that you have tried to have one. Once you show you have a relationship or that you haven’t been allowed to have one, you must then show it is in the “best interests” of the child to visit with you.

What does “best interests” mean?
There is no one way to define this. The court will look at what you’ve done to be part of your grandchild’s life. Did you call, visit, and spend time with your grandchild? Do you know what your grandchild likes? Do you help your grandchild with school or try to help him or her learn? Did your grandchild enjoy time with you? 

Do the parents have to be divorced or no longer together for me to go to court to seek visitation with my grandchildren?
No. A court can order visitation even when parents are together with the children if the parents won’t let the grandparents visit the grandchild

How do I show I have a relationship with my grandchild if the parents won’t let me spend time with my grandchild?
You must show that you’ve made enough of an effort to try to have a relationship with your grandchild. The court may look at several things to find out whether or not you’ve done this. You can do this by sending them birthday cards or gifts. You can write them letters. You can call them and try to let them know that you love them. Do your best to say good things about the parents, even if you are not getting along. Do not make your grandchildren feel like they have to choose between their parents or grandparents. The court wants to see that the child won’t be harmed by visiting with you.

What if the parents are strongly opposed to my seeing my grandchildren?
This is not enough. The court will consider what the parents want and will look at why the parents don’t want you to visit with the child. The court may look at what has happened between you and the parents. Each case is different and you should speak to an attorney if you are unsure about your case.
"For the first time, separating parents will be expected to ensure grandparents continue to have a role in the lives of their children after they split up. Parenting Agreements will be drawn up that explicitly set out contact arrangements for grandparents. These can then be used as evidence in court if a mother or father goes back on the deal."

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Nancy Schaefer Exposes Child Protective Services

(28 June 1936 – 26 March 2010)

as an American politician and conservative activist, who served in the Georgia State Senate from 2004 to 2008.

Born in Clayton and of German descent, Schaefer became a prominent conservative political activist in Georgia in the 1980s. She subsequently ran for Mayor of Atlanta in 1993, before running as the Republican Party's nominee for Lieutenant governor of Georgia in 1994, where she lost to incumbent Democrat Pierre Howard

She unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Governor in 1998, finishing in third place behind Guy Millnerand Mike Bowers with 7.7% of the vote in the party's primary election. She was elected to the State Senate in 2004 for the northern-state 50th district, where she served until she was defeated by Jim Butterworth in a Republican primary in 2008. She had also sought to wrest the Republican nomination for Georgia's 10th congressional district from Paul Broun in 2008, but withdrew her candidacy before the primary election. Throughout her career as an activist and politician, she was a champion of Christian conservative causes, opposing the department of Child Protective Services (a.k.a Department of children and Families). Which, after 4 years of investigation, on November 16, 2007 she published a report entitled "The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services". After publishing the report, in a press conference she exclaimed that the report caused her to lose her position as a Georgia State Senator. In addition, she stood firmly in her opposition to abortion and gay rights. However, in expressing her Christian beliefs she promoted the display of the Ten Commandments in public places. Upon her death, fellow State Senator Ralph Hudgens eulogized her as "almost like a rock star of the Christian right". She was a senior official in the Baptist church, having served as a First Vice President of theGeorgia Baptist Convention.

Schaefer died at her home near Turnerville in Habersham County on 26 March 2010 with her husband of 52 years, Bruce Schaefer. Police concluded the deaths to have been a murder–suicide perpetrated by her husband. Before her death, she published and promoted the report "The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services", leading to conspiracy theories surrounding her murder.

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Aued, Blake (26 March 2010). "Conservatives recall Schaefer, offer praise"Athens Banner-Herald(Morris Communications). Retrieved 1 January 2011.
^ Stevens, Alexis (29 March 2010). "GBI: Husband shot ex-senator, then self"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
^ Moore, Rob (1 April 2010). "Schaefers die in murder/suicide". Franklin County Citizen & The News Leader. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
^ "The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services - report by Senator Nancy Schaefer, September 25, 2008".
^ Davis, Mark (4 April 2010). "What really took 2 lives in Schaefer case?"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Cox Media Group). Retrieved 1 January 2011.

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La Enmienda De Derechos De Los Padres.

Ochenta años atrás el Tribunal Supremo declaró que:
“el niño no es la mera criatura del Estado; los que lo crían y dirigen su destino tienen el derecho, asociado con el alto deber, de reconocerlo y preparar [al niño] para compromisos adicionales.”  ~ Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).
Treinta años atrás la Corte siguió esta línea de razonamiento al pronunciar que el...
“rol primario de los padres en la educación de sus hijos está ahora establecido más allá de toda disputa como una perdurable tradición americana.” ~ Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972).

Sin embargo, en el año 2000, cuando el estado de Washington concedió a cualquier persona la capacidad de invalidar la decisión de un buen padre sobre visitas diciendo simplemente que sería “mejor” para los niños permitir que una tercera persona tenga derechos de visita, en la Corte Suprema: 

•Hubieron seis opiniones diferentes y ninguna alcanzó una mayoría de cinco votos.

•El juez Thomas fue el único de la Corte Suprema que indicó claramente que los derechos paternos reciben la misma alta norma jurídica de protección que otros derechos fundamentales.

•El juez Scalia sostuvo que los padres no tienen derechos de cualquier índole que estén protegidos por la Constitución. 

La Corte actual ha minado seriamente el apoyo para un alto concepto de los derechos paternos. Como consecuencia, numerosas cortes federales inferiores rechazan tratar los derechos paternos como merecedores de protección al nivel de cualquier derecho fundamental. 

Al mismo tiempo, los Estados Unidos están considerando adoptar la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño de las Naciones Unidas. El presidente Obama apoya este tratado. La Secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton ha sido una de las principales defensoras de esta Convención durante veinte años. La senadora demócrata por California Barbara Boxer ha “prometido” que este tratado será ratificado durante este mandato en el Congreso. 

Si este tratado es ratificado:

•Las leyes concernientes a hijos y padres en todos los 50 estados serán reemplazadas por esta ley internacional en virtud de una disposición específica de la Constitución de los Estados Unidos que declara expresamente la supremacía de los tratados sobre las leyes estatales.

•Los buenos padres no tendrán el derecho de la presunción legal que actúan en el mejor interés de sus hijos.

CUSTODIA PATERNA *Audio institucional de nuestra organización:¿Que pedimos a las autoridades?Nuestra lucha se centra el derecho de los niños a un vínculo sano con sus dos padres y toda su familia luego de un divorcio o separación.


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