Unfortunately Alabama is one of the more strict states, and there recent amendment to the grandparent visitation statute only allows a grandparent "standing" (the ability) to sue in limited cases, which are when:
(1) An action for a divorce or legal separation has been filed, or the marital relationship between the parents of the child has been severed by death/divorce; or
(2) child was born out of wedlock and the petitioner is a maternal grandparent of the child; or the petitioner is a paternal grandparent of
the child, and paternity has been legally established; or
(3) An action to terminate the parental rights of a parent or parents has been filed or the parental rights of a parent have been terminated by court order.
So in situations where the above is inapplicable, some grandparents will attempt to mediate the issues, with a professional mediator, so that the parents can realize that a loving relationship with involved grandparents are in the child's best interests, and that the children should not be used as pawns.
I am sorry I don't have better news. One would think that the child's best interests is paramount but the courts allow the parents broad discretion in grandparent issues unless one of the above applies.
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