March 16, 2014
It was family versus family and the issue was grandparents’ rights.
Grandparents Phillip and Shirley Glick took their son and daughter-in-law to court for rights to see their grandkids. However, they came away disappointed.
In Williams v Williams, which set the precedent for grandparents rights in Virginia, the courts ruled that the fourteenth amendment protects parents' rights in raising their children. The only time this can be challenged is if the child's welfare is at stake, which was not the situation in this case.
This left the judge saying he has no jurisdiction under Virginia law. While this is a let-down, some believe this is just the beginning of the fight for grandparents' rights.
"I think in all situations like this, all the children get hurt, grandchildren get hurt and down the road I think we, grandparents are gonna face more and more of this. And it's gonna be hurtful because we don't have grandparents rights," Janie Dean, witness and family friend.
Neither the parents nor grandparents would speak on the issue to the media. But the grandmother did say she is going to take this as far as she has to go to get grandparents' rights on the books.