Florida law grants grandparents visitation rights

Being a grandparent has so many benefits. There is no time better spent than being with your grandchildren and showering them with love and affection. And no grandparent should have that opportunity unfairly taken away. Unfortunately, sometimes circumstances can develop that threaten a grandparent's relationship with his or her grandchild.

The fact is, unless granted custody by the court, you are not your grandchild's legal guardian, and as such, there are limitations regarding your visitation rights. And this situation could become extremely complicated if your grandchild's parents are unable to properly care for the child. In such cases, the court may take steps that it deems are in the child's best interest, which may include removing the child from the care of his or her parents.

This could be a very scary prospect for both a child as well as a grandparent. But fortunately, in Florida, grandparents typically retain their visitation rights, even if the child's parents have their custody rights terminated. This is an extremely important point; even if your grandchild is relocated to a foster home or placed in some other care facility, you still can be part of his or her life.

However, you may encounter problems if the party who has taken custody of the child is reluctant to honor your visitation rights. If you are facing this complication, a Florida family law attorney may be able to help set things straight.

Only the court can deny you your right to spend time with your grandchild and it will do so only if it believes it is in the child's best interests. An attorney can help demonstrate that you are a valuable part of your grandchild's life and that your right to visitation should not be denied.

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