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Grandparents Visitation

DFields@fishbeinpa.com,   Family Law, Uncategorized   Leave a Comment

In a recent unreported case the Court of Special Appeals in Luckhardt v. Coleman, No. 2149 Sept Term 2015 released June 12, 2016 addressed the issue of under what circumstances grandparents are entitled to a Court Order for visitation with their grandchildren.  The history of the case is that both parents had significant personal issues which interfered with their ability to parent their children.  Ultimately, the maternal grandparents sought to intervene in the pending case between the parents and sought custody and, in the alternative, visitation.  The trial court granted the grandparents request for visitation.  On appeal, the Court of Special Appeals held that in the absence of parental unfitness or exceptional circumstances, a grandparent was not entitled to a Court Order granting visitation notwithstanding the grandparents visitation bill that is the law in Maryland.

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