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House OKs grandparents rights in custody cases

May 1, 2012

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— The Kansas House has approved a compromise bill involving the rights of grandparents in custody cases.

The bill approved Monday gives "substantial consideration" to grandparents of children who have been removed from their parents' custody.

The Wichita Eagle reports the bill is not as strong as one originally passed by the House, which would have given grandparents "preference" in custody disputes.

After the Senate passed a version that would have required courts to give "consideration" to grandparents, the compromise bill was worked out.

Under the bill, if a judge decides not to place a grandchild with grandparents, the reason would have to be recorded in the official case record.

The bill now goes to a final vote in the Senate.

Comments

Shane Garrett 2 years, 7 months ago

Finally the legislature is doing something that makes sense.

sad_lawrencian 2 years, 7 months ago

This is scary. After I witnessed a few protracted child-custody legal battles (only as a bystander; I don't have any children myself), I can tell you there are absolutely some circumstances when placing children with grandparents is a bad decision. To me, this bill/law is just another example of the current right-wing Kansas leadership pushing "family values" on the unsuspecting Kansas populace. Grandparents don't automatically make a good living situation for children, and grandparents should have no more rights than aunts, uncles, and third cousins once removed. I really wish the legislature and governor would stop using legislation-by-morality to push their "values" on the rest of us.

Orwell 2 years, 7 months ago

I've seen more than a few cases where the grandparents' hatred of the other spouse was the main cause of animosity and extended disputes. Grandparents can be the sole acceptable option in some custody situations, but they're just as likely to be the wrench in the machinery.

How about we let the judges do their jobs? The best interests of the child is already the standard, and this bill will serve primarily to let a few lawyers sell a very expensive dispute to Grandpas and Grandmas caught up in a highly emotional situation.

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