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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Maryland law allows a grand parent to petition for court-ordered visitation with grandchild. How the case will be decided depends on a few factors. The first step is to see if you qualify as a de facto parent. There are four factors:
If you meet those requirements, then you can argue that you're a de facto parent and the judge will look at whether allowing you to see your grandchild is in the child's best interests. Since you said the child has lived with you and the other grandparent for seven years, you have a good chance of showing that you stand in the role of a parent. That will make it easier for you to get visitation.
Because the law tends to favor parents over non-parents, it can help to have a local attorney assist you with filing the paperwork and arguing the case. You don't need a lawyer, but it can help to have someone who knows the system on your side.
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