The legal rights of grandparents in Florida

Matters can sometimes get contentious when Florida couples go through a divorce, and this is especially true when matters such as child custody and visitation are being discussed. While most would agree that children will be happier if they are able to see their grandparents regularly, this may be difficult to accomplish amicably when spouses become entrenched in their positions during a divorce. If you are a grandparent of a child who is the subject of a custody dispute, you may be able to pursue legal remedies if you are being denied visitation.

The area of grandparents' rights in Florida is complex, and you may wish to consult with a family law attorney to assess the likelihood of visitation rights being awarded. When a Florida court is called upon to make a decision regarding child custody or visitation, the best interests of the child will be the primary consideration.

A grandparent may also petition the court to be appointed the child's guardian in certain circumstances. This would give them the legal right to make important decisions on behalf of the child. These decisions could pertain to matters such as the child's medical care or education. You could seek guardianship if the parents of your grandchild are unwilling to take care of the child or are unable to do so.

When children are involved in a divorce, most spouses hope to make important decisions in a productive and cooperative atmosphere. However, sometimes circumstances make this impossible, and time spent with a loving grandparent could be extremely beneficial for a child at the center of a bitter custody dispute. If you are a Florida grandparent and wish to better understand your legal standing regarding guardianship and visitation, please visit our page containing information about grandparents' rights.

Source: AMY L BEAUCHAINE, "Orlando Grandparents' Rights Attorney", October 30, 2014

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