How grandparents can gain visitation or custody

A healthy relationship with grandparents can be extremely beneficial to a growing young boy or girl. This is especially true in situations where parents have divorced, and any additional stability will positively influence the child. However, because laws rarely place grandparents on the same level as parents when it comes to a child's well-being, it is may be difficult for grandparents to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren in such circumstances.

But fortunately, it is possible for grandparents to receive legal visitation rights, and in some circumstances, it is even possible for them to gain custody of a grandchild. Though this is much more likely if the children's parents are deceased, if a grandparent can prove that the child's parents are unfit or even dangerous to the child, there is a chance that the grandparent or grandparents could be awarded custody.

Visitation is an easier battle for grandparents to wage, but it can be uphill. Unlike with custody, many states have specific statutes or regulations that must be met before visitation is considered, and even if all of the requirements are met, grandparents must often still prove that such visitation is in the best interests of the child. What is best for the child is often open to interpretation in the courts, which only adds to the complexities of such cases.

No matter what your circumstances, when it comes to grandparents' rights, you may fare far better with legal counseling. An attorney who is familiar with Florida law can help you present a strong case that proves how important your involvement is in your grandchildren's lives, allowing you to make a positive impact on your loved ones' upbringing.

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