Grandparents Rights To Visitation In Florida

Grandparents Rights To Visitation In FloridaWith the many changes in family dynamics over the years, a recurring issue for Florida families is the right of grandparents to have timesharing with their grandchildren.

Florida courts have long held that parents have a fundamental right to determine what is the best interest of their children including which family members can have access to their children. Florida courts have routinely struck down the pleas of grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren where there is a parent capable of caring for that child.

Florida law has carved out limited exceptions and provides that a maternal or paternal grandparent as well as a step grandparent is entitled to reasonable visitation with his or her grandchild who has been adjudicated a dependent child and taken from the physical custody of the parent. In such cases, as long as the grandparent is compliant with the other provisions of the statute, such as not violating court orders regarding reuniting the child with a parent, timesharing may be unsupervised and, where appropriate and feasible, frequent and continuing in nature.

Our family law attorneys are focused on efficiently and effectively preparing clients for the most difficult circumstances. The attorneys at HAWM law have experience dealing with an array of family law matters and can prepare the necessary and often unique strategy and tools that your family may require.

Additionally, a grandparent may seek timesharing if both parents are deceased or missing; or the only remaining parent has been convicted of a felony or another offense that puts the child at risk.

Likewise, a grandparent may be able to step in and seek custody of a child where the parents are unfit, incapable, or unwilling to care for the child and the child is in a dangerous situation. The court will always in these circumstances determine what is in the best interest of the child when determining a grandparents right to visitation.

Our Orlando family law attorneys have years of experience representing grandparents in their quest for timesharing and custody rights. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation regarding your specific Florida family law case.

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