Document Type


Publication Title

Family Law Quarterly

Publication Date

Spring 2006


The article focuses on the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the case Troxel v. Granville in the U.S. The case deals with a central third party issue, which is the grandparent visitation. The court held that the third party statute of the state of Washington unconstitutionally impinged the basic right of parents to decide for the care, custody and control of their children. Other state courts have followed and applied the principles used in the decision of this case. For instance, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, ruled in one of its cases that a parent's objection to visitation would not defeat the visitation petition of a grandparent.