Grandparents' Rights Archives

How grandparents' visitation rights are granted

Although the laws are not the same in every state, grandparents in Florida do have the right to petition the court for visitation of their grandchild if they are being denied visitation by the child's parents. The court will grant visitation to the grandparent if the judge rules that certain criteria is met and the visitation order would be in the child's best interest.

Visitation right for grandparents in Florida

Florida grandparents who wish to gain visitation rights to see their grandchildren may be interested in the state law regarding the subject. Under Florida law, grandparents may be granted visitation rights after the dissolution of the parents' marriage or desertion of the child. When a grandparent files a petition, the court will grant visitation when it is determined to be in the best interest of the child.

Child custody issues for parents and grandparents to consider

In today's economy many families are struggling to make ends meet, and parents may have to travel far, including to other states, for jobs. In such cases, extended family, such as a child's grandparents, may end up caring for the child while the parent is away on a work trip for days, weeks or even months.

Grandmother with custody of grandchild files for child support

According to a Pew Research Center report about one in 10 children in the U.S. lives with a grandparent, and nearly 41 percent of those children are primarily raised by those grandparents. The reasons for a grandparent to adopt the role of a caregiver for their grandchild range greatly, from military deployments, changing employment status of the parents, the parents of the child being deemed unfit by a court or the parents of the child being in prison. Regardless of the reasons, being custodians of their grandchild on a limited income can be difficult.

Grandparents' struggle to adopt granddaughter

Family law may involve numerous sensitive and sometime complex legal issues pertaining to child custody, visitation and grandparents' rights. Generally, every state varies on the issue of grandparents' rights. Further, their rights are not guaranteed under the Constitution. Nonetheless given the role that grandparents' play in the upbringing of their grandchildren, in some circumstances, they may be granted visitation and even custody.

Mother of murder suspect gets visitation with grandchild

The family of a Florida woman who was shot in front of her toddler recently learned learned that a court granted the paternal grandmother visitation rights. The family of the slain woman indicated that the accused had a long history of stalking and domestic abuse, and they were hoping to terminate his parental rights. The father of the toddler is facing first-degree murder charges and if convicted, could face the death penalty. The victim's family indicated that the woman wanted her sister to raise the raise toddler if something were to happen to her.

A new bill in Florida may grant grandparents more rights

With the holidays right around the corner, families look forward to gatherings and presents and children expect to be spoiled by their grandparents. In today's society, families are dynamic; they grow, shrink, expand and it not uncommon to hear of divorce and remarriage. Once divorce is finalized, families must adjust to changes such as less time with children and accommodating custody and visitation arrangements. Divorce or separation without a doubt disrupts the familial structure that children, parents and extended family members such as grandparents are familiar with.

Fight for grandparents' visitation rights continues in Florida

In today's society, many grandparents play an active role in helping raise their grandchildren. But in spite of their involvement in the upbringing and care of their grandchildren, grandparents' rights are legally limited when it comes to visitation.

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