Troxel v. Granville Sequel?

November 6th, 2011

Perhaps this case from Connecticut may wind up as a sequel to Troxel v. Granville, where the court considered whether grandparents had a right to visitation–at the odds of the biological parent’s interest in rearing the child how he/she/they wish:

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this winter whether it will revisit the issue, which it addressed 11 years ago in a landmark case out of Washington state that makes competent parents’ wishes the guiding principle in most disputes . . .

Connecticut has become a battleground state in the issue for two reasons: its protections for parents are among the nation’s strictest and many of its grandparents are very vocal in their push to change it.

A task force will advise the General Assembly this winter on whether to change state law to give grandparents more chance to get into court to argue their cases.

“Right now it’s the luck of the draw if you’re some poor family stuck in a state that doesn’t stand behind that grandparent-grandchild bond and attachment,” said Susan Hoffman, 59. She founded Advocates for Grandparent Grandchild Connection after losing her California petition for visitation when her adult son signed away parenting rights to her grandson.

The growing movement among grandparents’ groups has alarmed many parents and their advocacy groups nationwide, including organizers and participants on the website.