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#1 of 5 Old 04-19-2006, 12:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am the mom of 5 beautiful children and have been happily married for 19 years. Last year our family became the victim of a law in our state that allows judges to override decisions of fit parents as to how they choose to raise their children. This law forces families to submit their children to the company of persons that the parents feel are unacceptable. The reasoning is that the courts feel that they know better than a fit parent what is in the "best interests" of their children.

I'm speaking of the grandparent or third party visitation statutes that exist in every state. Controlling litigating "grandparents" use these laws to force themselves into families where their actions and behavior have made them unwelcome.

I am looking for parents who are interested in learning more to respond to this thread. I'd like to discuss this issue with you all and see if there is something we can do to help parents regain the right to parent without outside influence of the courts. For more stories of this type of legal abuse, please go to www.parentsrights.org

Maryland families, I have the ear of a state delegate. I need your voice added to mine to make this person see how important this issue is to the future of parents and families in Maryland. Contact me at parentinmd@yahoo.com .

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Welcome to MDC! Do a search- there was a thread a week or so back about grandparents rights that was discussing this.

The whole idea horrifies me.

-Angela
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#3 of 5 Old 04-19-2006, 12:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks. I posted there too. I'm looking especailly for Maryland families to hlep me change the legislation, so I posted a sepaarate thread. I hope that's OK...
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Just to cover your bases, I would also post in the "Finding Your Tribe" section that includes Maryland if you haven't yet.
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