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Missouri grandparents' rights are a hot topic right now

Grandparents' rights are an important issue right now. As the number of grandparents that are raising their grandchildren rise, the need for grandparents' rights continues to rise as well. Missouri residents may be interested in a recent article that goes into detail about recent statistics regarding this topic.

There are several reasons a grandparent may need to raise their grandchildren. Sometimes it is because of the death of a child while other times it could be the result of an unfit parent. No matter the reason, one thing is clear -- grandparents are taking on more responsibility.

The article points out that many of these grandparents are already of age to receive Social Security benefits and often living on a fixed income. This can be a huge financial burden for them as a family. It was also pointed out that with the new poverty line being lowered that a lot of these families do not qualify for additional government assistance such as food stamps or public housing. This can impact not only the grandparents, but the child's lifestyle as well.

Any Missouri resident looking to gain grandparents' rights could benefit from looking into the applicable state laws regarding their specific situation. Regardless of the reason the person wants to receive rights to their grandchildren, with the proper knowledge and understanding a person can determine the best way to move forward with any necessary action. By taking the correct steps, a grandparent can be more hopeful that they will receive a positive and fair outcome.

Source: sacbee.com, "More and more, grandparents raising their grandkids," Anita Creamer, July 21, 2013

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