Florida grandparents fighting for visitation rights

If you are a grandparent, we sincerely hope that you have a healthy, loving and wonderful relationship with your grandchildren. The relationship between a child and its grandparents is hardly given the same amount of attention as the relationship between a child and its parents, but that does not mean that grandparents do not play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. Unfortunately, the law does not always appreciate the importance of the relationship.

A Florida couple has been learning this lesson the hard way, and the lesson hit no harder than over this Thanksgiving weekend, in which the elderly couple was essentially left without a family to celebrate with. Last year, the couple's daughter tragically died due to an aneurysm. As she was fighting for her life, the couple cared for the woman's child, their granddaughter. Unfortunately, mere weeks after the loss of their daughter, the couple were forced to say goodbye to their granddaughter, as the young girl's biological father arrived to exercise his custodial rights to bring the girl to Jacksonville.

Since that fateful day, the grandparents have been seeking visitation rights, but they have found that even with Florida's laws covering grandparents' rights, they struggle to see the child at all. Even though laws were specifically passed earlier this year to expand grandparents' rights in circumstances such as these, it seems that courts have no intention of prioritizing grandparents' rights, especially if they feel that it would impede upon the rights of the parent.

It is truly a tragedy that some grandparents simply cannot see their grandchildren, even if the children and grandparents have an incredible bond. That is why we make a point of fighting for the rights of grandparents to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren. If you believe that you should have visitation rights with your grandchild, consider enlisting the aid of an attorney to help you fight for those rights.

Source: WFTV, "9 Investigates: Florida grandparents rights law not much help for most," Nov. 25, 2015

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