How does Florida treat grandparents' visitation rights?

Custody issues such as visitation are often hotly debated amongst divorced or divorcing parents, but so much focus put on the custody and visitation rights of parents, grandparents are sometimes ignored or neglected. There are very few established rules when it comes to grandparents' rightss, and most issues are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. However, even though the rules tend to vary by state, each state has precedents that may help grandparents understand what they can expect.

Florida is a state in which grandparents may have some difficulties being involved in the lives of their grandchildren. Florida's Supreme Court has ruled that state statutes for grandparent visitation are unconstitutional, but this does not mean that grandparent visitation is impossible or illegal in Florida. Understanding Florida's grandparental visitation rights can be very important in helping grandparents know what they can expect if they are seeking custody or visitation in our state.

Florida's current statute allows grandparents to be awarded visitation rights under a few possible different circumstances:

  1. The child's parents are divorced.
  2. The child has been deserted by his or her parent.
  3. The child's parents were not married at the time of the child's birth.

If any of these conditions are met, and if the courts determine that grandparental visitation is in the best interests of the child, then grandparents can be granted visitation rights in Florida. Of course, as previously mentioned, whether or not grandparents are allowed visitation varies depending on the circumstances of each individual case. Enlisting the aid of an attorney can help you prove why you deserve to be involved in your grandchild's life, and could be just what you need to have the visitation rights you deserve.

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