Grandparents in Maryland who have been denied visitation of their grandchildren by the children's parents legally have the option of petitioning the court for visitation time. Before taking legal steps, however, they may want to try other methods for resolving the issues that have resulted in the familial rift.
Same-sex marriage is legal here in Maryland, but until very recently, neighboring Pennsylvania did not extend full legal protections to every couple. Now, divorce between same-sex couples is the next inevitable legal challenge those couples will face. In fact, there has already been a divorce petition filed in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It happened last month and represented the first of its kind in the pantheon of same-sex nuptials.
Back in 2000, a pair of executives in local social services programs in Carroll County, Maryland, put together a program called Dads Works which they intended to provide assistance to men from primarily low-income backgrounds that were having trouble meeting their child support obligations and staying connected with their children. As justification for Dads Works the program's originators point to statistics which show that children growing up without a father present in their homes are much more likely to have trouble with substance abuse, criminal activity, and emotional problems.