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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Troxel v. Granville
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The Respondent and Brad Troxel (Mr. Troxel) had a relationship that lasted some years and produced two daughters, but the couple never married. Two years after they separated, Mr. Troxel committed suicide. In the time between their separation and his suicide, Mr. Troxel often brought Isabelle Troxel and Natalie Troxel to his parents’ house. After Mr. Troxel’s suicide, his parents wanted to continue to have a relationship with their granddaughters. However, the Respondent’s opinion of appropriate visitation times and durations differed from the grandparents’. So, under the Washington statute authorizing suit for visitation rights by any party, the grandparents asked for a judicial determination in the best interest of the children.
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