The Mississippi grandparent visitation statute and the Smith v. Wilson case list factors to consider in a case involving visitation rights of grandparents.
By Laura Morgan, Family Law Consultant
The Mississippi grandparent visitation statute, and the state Supreme Court case of Martin v. Coop, which listed the factors to consider in a grandparent visitation case, were not unconstitutional, in action where maternal grandparents sought visitation with grandchildren after mother died; the Mississippi grandparent visitation statutes were narrowly tailored, and the factors the court had to consider before granting visitation prohibited a judge from granting visitation if the visitation would interfere with a parents’s substantive due process rights.
Laura Morgan is a Family Law Consultant. Laura is available for consultation, brief writing and research on family law issues throughout the country. She can be reached through her Web site.
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