43 Ariz. L. Rev. 751 (2001)
Over the Hills and Through the Woods to Grandparents House We Go: Or Do We, Post-Troxel

handle is hein.journals/arz43 and id is 763 raw text is: OVER THE HILLS AND THROUGH THE WOODS
TO GRANDPARENTS' HOUSE WE Go: OR Do
WE, POST-TROXEL?
Ellen Marrus*
I. INTRODUCTION
Following a divorce, the mother leaves her child with the maternal
grandmother. Three years later she returns and takes the child back in order to
receive the child support the father had been paying directly to the grandmother.
The mother refuses to allow any contact between the grandmother and grandchild,
although a substantial bond exists between the two.
John and Miriam are happily married with one child whom they are
raising Jewish. The paternal grandparents are committed Christians and were
very disappointed when their son converted to Judaism. The grandparents believe
that their grandchild will go to hell if she does not become a Christian. John and
Miriam do not want the child visiting with the grandparents, and the grandparents
have never seen the child.
The mother and father's parental rights were terminated because of their
drug use. The children were adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Smith, theirformerfoster
parents. The maternal grandparents had visited with the children prior to the
adoption and want to continue the relationship. The Smiths are concerned about
Associate Professor of Law and Director, Clinical Legal Education at the
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., University of San Francisco School of Lar,
L.L.M. Georgetown University Law Center. I want to thank my colleagues, Irene
Rosenberg and Laura Oren, for their comments on earlier drafts of this Article, as well as
my research assistants, Randall Gunther, Mayson Mead, and Ruth Wilson, for their
exceptional work on the piece. Very special thanks go to my grandmother and mother, each
of whom was a wonderful example of what it takes to be a supportive and nurturing
grandmother, and to my daughter and granddaughter, for giving me the opportunity to have
a special grandmother/granddaughter relationship. I also wish to thank Brittany Hobson for
sharing her own grandparent visitation story with me. Finally I thank the University of
Houston Law Foundation for its financial support of this Article.

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