Last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued its decision in Koshko v. Haining, regarding grandparent visitation. In that case, the grandparents of the minor children filed a suit under Maryland's Grandparent Visitation Statute. While the parties had a close relationship in the past, even residing with the grandparents for a time, they are now estranged. The parents had cut off visitation with the grandparents completely. In this case, the Court of Appeals held that to be awarded visitation, the grandparents must first be able to show that the child's parents were unfit, or that exceptional circumstances existed. This is due to the presumption that the parent's decisions regarding the care and upbrining of their children are correct. This case overruled several other past cases, which required a lower standard for grandparents to gain visitation. What does this mean for grandparent visitation? The new ruling means it will be much more difficult to grandparents to have visitation with their grandchildren if the parents object.