Florida Grandparents’ Rights Attorney
Learn About Your Rights as a Grandparent
In the state of Florida, grandparents often face an uphill legal battle just trying to attain visitation rights to their grandchildren. If this situation applies to you, you should contact the reliable Jacksonville family law attorneys at Farah & Farah. We will make every possible effort to sway the court to your side so you can see the ones you hold dear. To speak with one of our excellent legal staff about your case, call (904) 263-4610. We offer free initial consultations.
Since 1979, our law firm has provided quality legal services to people in Jacksonville and surrounding cities. We are proud of our extensive experience and accomplishments in a wide variety of legal fields. If you are looking for an exceptional legal team with a proven track record of success, look no further. The law offices of Farah & Farah are here to serve you.
What Are Grandparent Visitation Rights in Florida?
According to Title XLIII Chapter 752 of the Florida Statutes, there are certain conditions which must be met before a court will grant visitation rights to grandparents. They include the following:
- The parents of the child in question are divorced
- The child in question has been abandoned
- The child was born out of wedlock
Ultimately, it is the parents that decide how their children are raised and who has access to them. However, this so-called fundamental right can be challenged on the basis that denying visitation would go against the best interest of the child.
What Is Considered the Best Interests of the Child?
Determining what is in the best interest of a child is a complex matter which calls for the consideration of multiple factors (defined in Section 752.01 (2) of the Florida Statutes). Generally, the court looks for the following before making a ruling:
- The willingness of the grandparent(s) to encourage a close relationship between the parent(s)
- The length and quality of the relationship between the child and the grandparent(s)
- The expressed preference of the child, that is, if the child is determined sufficiently mature to make that decision for him/herself
- The mental and physical health of the child and the grandparent(s)
- Other factors that are left to the court’s discretion
The court takes a comprehensive approach when making a decision on grandparental visitation rights, meaning a single factor is not determinative in and of itself.
Bringing Florida Families Together
Unfortunately, being a loving grandparent alone is not enough to get court approval for visitation. Grandparents’ rights in Florida are especially limited in comparison with many other states. This may make you feel dismayed, but you should not lose hope. A quality attorney can make all the difference. Contact the law offices of Farah & Farah today. We will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your legal options. A positive outcome for your case is our top priority.