Grandparents' rights is an emotional issue for some Floridians

Grandparents' rights can be a challenging issue for everyone involved. It can be challenging in Florida for grandparents to obtain visitation and custody rights concerning their grandchildren with a few fairly limited exceptions. One family is currently experiencing these challenges. Following the announcement that their daughter was pregnant, two grandparents relocated to Florida to be closer to their child and grandchild. A family feud last year, however, has prevented the closeness the grandparents envisioned.

The grandmother shares that she feared her daughter might do something drastic such as cutting off contact with her now 2-year old granddaughter. The woman is now part of a support group for grandparents in similar situations and is the leader and founder of her local chapter. The grandparents share the goal of making it easier for them to petition for visitation and custody rights under Florida law.

In supporting grandparents' rights, members of the group note that it is important for children and society for kids to have a relationship with their grandparents. No one denies, however, that it is a challenging issue. Grandparent visitation and custody rights may be granted in certain circumstances under Florida law. Because grandparents seeking visitation may rely on those laws to seek custody and visitation, it is helpful for them to be familiar with what the laws are.

Trained guidance through the child custody and visitation process in any circumstances can be helpful for both grandparents and families. The family law process provides resources for families struggling with child custody and visitation concerns to help them develop arrangements in the best interests of the children.

Source: WTSP.com, "Startling number of grandparents fight to see their grandchildren," Garin Flowers, Aug. 29, 2017

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