Document Type


Publication Title

Washington and Lee Law Review

Publication Date

Spring 1998


This Article addresses some of the issues that arise when non-parents seek visitation with other peoples' children. More often than not, natural parents successfully resist assertions of child visitation rights by legal strangers such as stepparents and so-called lesbian "coparents."' However, grandparents, aided by a raft of legislation and judicial decisions, fare infinitely better when petitioning for visitation with their grandchildren. This Article discusses the current law and legal scholarship concerning visitation rights of legal strangers and concludes that courts and legislatures should support legal parents' rights to raise their children without unwanted interference from legal strangers