Thank you for your patience and for agreeing.
Absolutely, you will be satisfied with the information and the detail, or you are free to not "accept", or to request someone else to help you.
In terms of "grandparent rights", unfortunately your rights are limited. It so happens in 2000 that Washington's law granting the right to grandparents to visit the children over the consent of the parents was struck down. The Supreme Court, in a 6 -3 decision, upheld parental rights
as superior to grandparent rights in a decision called Troxel v. Granville. The court specifically found the rights of the parents gave them the right to block and deny access to the children if they so chose to do. For your benefit I have included the decision and the article to the decision below.
Because you do not have automatic rights, the mother
is free to withhold. That does not mean that you cannot petition the courts yourself, but unless you can show that a significant link exists between you and the child (for example if the child lived constantly with you, or you were her legal guardian), and it would be in the best interest of the child
to allow you access, it is unlikely to be granted. Even so this would be an uphill battle simply because parental rights are given such deference by the courts. Your son would have an easier time filing himself for custodial rights than you would.
I am sorry.
Edited by Dimitry Alexander Kaplun on 9/1/2010 at 4:11 PM EST