Grandparent Visitation

Meghan Markle’s estranged dad is threatening to sue to see his grandkids.  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Cinderella’s stepmother was problematic before her Prince came along, but Disney never said what havoc she could wreak after Cinderella had kids.  Meghan Markle probably has thoughts, now that her estranged dad is threatening to sue for visitation with the grandkids.  Do grandparents have a legal right to see their grandchildren?

Sometimes, but not in Markle’s case.  State laws vary, but in general, grandparents can’t sue for visitation if parents are together.  There are exceptions, including in California where Markle would need to file the suit, but even so, the grandparent has to prove that it would be in the best interest of the kids and show the existence of a preexisting bond between the grandparent and the grandkid—which Mr. Markle can’t do, since he never saw his grandkids.  Meghan might not have a fairy godmother, but in this case she probably has something even better: a good lawyer.

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