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In 1979, President Jimmy Carter, at the behest of Congress, proclaimed the first Sunday following Labor Day National Grandparents Day. In his written proclamation, Carter wrote that grandparents “are our continuing tie to the near-past” and “fill some of the gaps in our mobile society.” Just the year before, Connecticut expanded its grandparent visitation statute, Connecticut General Statutes 46b-59, to apply to cases where parents were separated, but not divorced, or who had never married. Since that time, every state has enacted legislation to provide for grandparent (and, in some states, great-grandparent) visitation and “grandparents’ rights” organizations have proliferated across the country.

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