Should grandparents have visitation rights?

United States
November 14, 2008 4:27pm CST
Grandparents who are refused rights for visitation with their grandchildren seems to be a common problem and it is increasing across the world. There are many circumstances in which the parent says "no." In most cases it isn't what is best for the child. It seems to be a power and control issue that the parent has. What should a grandparent do? In most states the law says that grandparents don't have rights. But many grandparents have bonded with their grandchildren then whenever a change in circumstances arise the other parent refuses to allow the child to visit with the grandparent. How can grandparents gain their rights or should they be entitled?