In the state of Florida and other parts of the U.S., laws are on the books that permit grandparent visitations. While these laws vary from state to state, it is typically required that grandparents ask a court for the right to continue their relationships with their grandchildren. Parents have the most say when it comes to determining the stipulations of these visits.
Florida grandparents may be awarded legal visitation rights if they are unable to work the issues out with the parents directly. When the court becomes involved in a grandparents' rights case, there are certain rules that must be followed by the grandparents and the child's parents or legal guardians.
At the Law Office of Amy L. Beauchaine, we believe that it is important for Florida children to maintain contact with their grandparents. Unfortunately, disputes within families and other issues can sometimes result in a child's parents refusing to allow a grandparent to continue the healthy relationship that they had established with their grandchildren.
Matters can sometimes get contentious when Florida couples go through a divorce, and this is especially true when matters such as child custody and visitation are being discussed. While most would agree that children will be happier if they are able to see their grandparents regularly, this may be difficult to accomplish amicably when spouses become entrenched in their positions during a divorce. If you are a grandparent of a child who is the subject of a custody dispute, you may be able to pursue legal remedies if you are being denied visitation.
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.
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.
According to reports a 23-year-old woman who was on the run from authorities was arrested at Universal Studios in Florida sometime in November 2012 for child endangerment, is seeking scheduled visitation with her son. Apparently even after the woman's 27-year-old boyfriend hit the boy in head hard enough to cause brain injury and, burnt his wrist and finger, the woman did not seek any medical treatment for the 3-year-old.
The holiday season is right around the corner. As families muse over who will hold this year's Thanksgiving dinner, individuals recently divorced with children may have other matters on their mind such as child visitation issues. After a divorce is finalized, grandparents' may wonder as well if they will get to see their grandchildren this holiday season.
The first visual that comes to mind when one thinks of a family is a married couple, children, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. One expects family members to associate with each other at family unions and expects grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren. However, when this image of a happy family is often altered because of divorce, and some grandparents are left wondering what their relationship with their grandparents will be like in the future.
When married people can no longer live harmoniously, the only option for their emotional and psychological well-being, as well as that of any children in the marriage, may be divorce. It is a hard decision for most people that only gets harder when children are involved, especially when it comes to details such as custody and visitation matters. Florida residents who follow celebrity divorces may find it interesting to know that Hollywood stars encounter similar issues that divorcing or divorced parents with children in Florida do.