Almost all states award grandparents visitation rights on the basis of biological linkage. In addition, the court typically recognizes the importance of the role grandparents play in rearing the child. It is essential for a child to maintain an extended family, so that the child will not look upon other children who do enjoy such and feel deprived. In many circumstances, grandparents offer great stability to the child throughout the divorce process, and are a good avenue for support for the child. Therefore, the current trend of the courts is to promote grandparent visitation rather than restrict it.
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