Mediation can help with grandparent visitation

No matter what the circumstances of a family's life after a divorce, visitation is likely going to be an issue. In some instances, all parties involved are satisfied with a child custody arrangement, but considering the desires of both parents and the child's grandparents, of which there may be up to four or possibly even more, it is easy to see why visitation and custody matters can be so difficult.

What makes these matters even more difficult, is that the courts will always do what they believe is in the best interests of the child, which often leaves the desires of parents and grandparents falling by the wayside. Grandparents, in particular, often have a difficult time exerting any kind of influence or gaining any visitation rights, simply because in the eyes of the courts, the rights and desires of grandparents take a backseat to those of the parents and the child.

This is not to say that grandparents do not deserve to spend time with their grandchildren, and many grandparents can take legal action in an attempt to secure greater visitation rights. In some instances, a child's parents may attempt to limit the rights of a grandparent to visit a child, but grandparents should know that they can take action in order to prevent being wrongfully denied visitation rights.

In the case of a parent trying to limit the visitation rights of a grandparent, it is highly recommended that all parties attempt to resolve the issue through mediation before going to court. Mediation can remove some of the pressure and tension of litigation, allowing all parties involved to approach the matter more peacefully and objectively.

If you are forced to take the matter to court, it is in your best interests to enlist the aid of an attorney who is familiar with family law and grandparents' rights in your state. Florida's laws regarding grandparent laws are clear, and a legal expert can help you make the most of these rights to get the custody or visitation that you deserve.

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