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Custody of Michael Jackson's Children Shines Light on Grandparent Rights

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By Nerissa Sardi on June 29, 2009 10:10 PM

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.

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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)

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