Alabama grandparent visitation law struck down

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court won't review a lower court decision that has struck down a law guaranteeing child visitation rights to grandparents.

The Supreme Court last Friday refused to hear an appeal brought by the attorney general's office.

The Court of Civil Appeals in October ruled that the Grandparents Visitation Act is unconstitutional because it violates the rights of parents to decide things for their children.

The law is an amended version of a previous law that was struck down as unconstitutional on similar grounds in 2011.

The law allows grandparents to head into court to seek visitation with grandchildren even if the parents don't approve.

In the case before the appeals court, a grandmother went to court seeking visitation with two of her grandchildren despite objections of the children's mother.

Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016