The basics of limiting grandparent visitation

In the state of Florida and other parts of the U.S., laws are on the books that permit grandparent visitations. While these laws vary from state to state, it is typically required that grandparents ask a court for the right to continue their relationships with their grandchildren. Parents have the most say when it comes to determining the stipulations of these visits.

In these types of situations, the well-being of the child is the most important factor. Although parents can put limitations on grandparent visitations, grandparents have the ability to take parents to court in an effort to implement their rights. If parents have valid evidence and solid reasoning to support the claim that grandparent visitations are not in the best interests of the child, the court will likely side in their favor.

When parents lack well-founded reasons for not allowing grandparent visitations, they are probably better off setting up a visitation schedule and then presenting this to the court. Courts generally allow grandparents to visit with children at least a few times a month. If the grandparents in question suffer from disabilities that might put the child at risk or if they are usually not around the child, parents can request that a court-approved party supervise these visits.

Some states require grandparents and parents to work with a mediator in the event that both parties disagree on a visitation schedule. If the mediation is unsuccessful, both parents and grandparents should be ready to present arguments and evidence in favor of their respective wishes. Since situations like this are often complicated and involve high stakes, lawyers who deal in family law may be available to help parents and grandparents try to achieve their goals. As with all cases involving child custody, the best interests of the child are always the highest priority.

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