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PA201_Doug_Kaye_Assignment_Unit_9

Code 26101603 permits any person to petition for

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Washington Rev. Code §26.10.160(3) permits "[a]ny person" to petition for visitation rights "at any time" and  authorizes state superior courts to grant such rights whenever visitation may serve a child's best interest.  Petitioners Troxel petitioned for the right to visit their deceased son's daughters. Respondent Granville, the girls'  mother, did not oppose all visitation, but objected to the amount sought by the Troxels. The Superior Court  ordered more visitation than Granville desired, and she appealed. The State Court of Appeals reversed and  dismissed the Troxels' petition. In affirming, the State Supreme Court held,  inter alia,  that §26.10.160(3)  unconstitutionally infringes on parents' fundamental right to rear their children. Reasoning that the Federal  Constitution permits a State to interfere with this right only to prevent harm or potential harm to the child, it  found that §26.10.160(3) does not require a threshold showing of harm and sweeps too broadly by permitting 
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