Today, September 17th, is known as Constitution Day as it is the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In family law, there simply aren't as many Constitution issues or Supreme Court arguments since family law is typically governed by state laws. Still, in honor of today, let's discuss the Constitution and family law issues. For example, parents (unless unfit) have the right to make decisions regarding their children without the interference from others. See, for example, the Troxel case, in which the Supreme Court struck down a Washington statute that allowed for non-parents (like grandparents) to petition the court for visitation. Maryland also has a similar statute, which now has practically no effect due to that decision and a similar decision by the Maryland Court of appeals. Maybe it's a good thing that the Supreme Court doesn't get into family law very often...you probably woundn't want your family issues to make national news anyway!