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A court today awarded Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson, and grandmother of his three children, with temporary custody and guardianship of the late pop star's children. Media analysts predict a long and complex legal fight over ultimate custody of the children and the estate.

One of FindLaw's most popular family law sections addresses the rights of grandparents. As boomers age and the divorce rate remains steady, more grandparents are seeking to understand their legal rights and options related to visitation, and in some cases the custody, of their grandchildren. Grandparent laws can vary from state to state, but all 50 states have statutes that allow grandparents to petition the court for the right to visit their grandkids, even at the objection of the parents, according to FindLaw Writ author Joanna Grossman.

In instances where grandparent adoption or custody is being considered or when dealing with intrastate grandparent legal & custody issues, an experienced attorney may be able to help. To learn more about grandparent's rights and related topics check out FindLaw's Family Law section on the topic.

Related Links
What is Guardianship of a Child? The Legal Battle over Michael Jackson's kids. (FindLaw - Law & Daily Life Blog)
Summary of State Law: Grandparents Visitation & Custody (FindLaw) 
Guardianship Basics & Issues (FindLaw)

Many Putting off Wedding Plans & Family Life Thanks to the Economy

Nearly one in Five Delaying Major Life Decisions

It certainly should not be a surprise that the worst economy since the Great Depression is causing many Americans to postpone major life decisions like getting married, having kids or getting a divorce. Such choices can translate into hefty financial investments and undue stress when the future looks so uncertain.

A new national survey released last week found that 18% of Americans say they are putting off such decisions because of economic concerns. More specifically:

  • 10% are putting off marriage or delaying having children
  • 6% are delaying adoption or considering adoption
  • 4% Four percent are delaying divorce

Delaying such decisions most deeply impacts younger adults and those with lower incomes:

  • 40% between the ages of 18 and 34 say they are waiting to get married and have children
  • 35% of those earning less than $35,000 per year are also opting to wait for happier economic times.


Related Links:

Huffington Post:Recession Kills The Mood. Americans Put Off Marriage

Getting Married: A Checklist (FindLaw) 

Living Together (Cohabitation) & Common Law Marriage (FindLaw)

MSNBC: How Much do Kids Actually Cost?

New York Times: Divorce & the Business Cycle

Divorce in the Recession: Do it Yourself? (FindLaw)

FindLaw Adoption Center

Five Tips on Child Custody & Visitation (FindLaw)