Grandparent visitation statute violated fundamental due process rights of parents, and therefore was unenforceable, by not including a presumption in favor of parents when deciding questions of visitation, by looking only to the best interests of the child, and by substituting the judge for the parents in applying the best‑interests standard, and also by not requiring a showing of a compelling state interest in awarding visitation to grandparents or a showing that application of the statute was the least restrictive means of achieving any state interest.
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