The Right to Visit

After parents divorce, what legal claim do grandparents have to see their grandkids?

Jenifer and Gary Troxel see themselves as pretty typical grandparents. They like to go to their 10 grandchildren's recitals and soccer games. They take the kids out to eat and invite them to their home to cook and do crafts together. The youngsters love to take turbo bubble baths in the Jacuzzi. But the Troxels' experiences with two of their grandkids, Natalie and Isabelle, are frozen in time.

Though they all live about an hour north of Seattle, the Troxels haven't seen these granddaughters in almost a year because of a dispute with the girls' mother that started after the Troxels'...

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