Calls Needed Now to Stop Dangerous Grandparent Visitation Bill in Nevada
Nevada State Senator Robin L. Titus has introduced a grandparent visitation bill, S.B. 74, that would allow Nevada judges to override a loving parent’s wishes and order grandparent or great-grandparent visitation if the judge felt it was necessary. The bill allows a judge to override parental rights if the judge believes that the grandparent or great-grandparent has a “meaningful relationship” with the child, and if the judge believes that the parent has “denied or unreasonably restricted” visitation. No other requirements are needed.
S.B. 74 violates U.S. Supreme Court precedent and threatens the fundamental right of parents to make decisions for their children. While I know first-hand the incredible blessing that grandparents and great-grandparents have played in my children’s lives, it must be parents, not courts, who decide who should be involved in a child’s life.
We urge you to contact your Nevada State Senator and ask him or her to oppose S.B. 74.
Your message can be as simple as the following:
Please oppose S.B. 74. This dangerous bill will change current Nevada law to allow a court to order grandparent or great-grandparent visitation if the judge simply decides that there is a meaningful relationship, and that the parent has denied or unreasonably restricted visitation. Nothing in this bill requires that a court consider the fundamental right of parents to raise their children before granting grandparent visitation rights over a loving parent’s objection. Parents, not courts, should make the decision of who is involved in a child’s life. Nevada law and court precedent already balance grandparent and great-grandparent visitation with parental rights, so there is no need for this bill.
If you decide to email your Nevada State Senator, you can also link to a recent amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief that we submitted to the Texas Supreme Court outlining the importance of protecting parental rights in the context of grandparent visitation.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom and parental rights.