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After reading the
letter submitted by Mr. and Mrs. Meadows, we urge every
grandparent who has been a major part of a grandchild's life to
contact our state senators and representatives requesting their
unified support of House Bill 3959.
This bill was introduced to the
legislature on Dec. 10, 2003, with hopes of restoring legal
visitation rights for grandparents through the judicial system.
Many states do not give grandparents
the opportunity (legally) to remain in the lives of their
grandchildren after a bitter divorce, separation and sometimes death
of a biological parent. Often the custodial parent will use the
children as pawns during the dissolution of a marriage or
partnership, thus not allowing any contact with family of former
biological parent. Is this "control" of the custodial parent in the
best interest of the children or an issue of self-satisfaction to
separate these children from the love and affection they have shared
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Our heart aches for Mr. and Mrs.
Meadows in regard to the recent visitation (with grandson) ruling by
the state of Illinois. How could a few "law makers" make such a
severe decision at the Supreme Court level that affects millions of
grandparents and their grandchildren throughout the United States?
Please, please contact our current
lawmakers that represent the people of Illinois to support
House Bill 3959.
Jim and Bonnie Frawley