Visitation Rights of Grandparents in Florida

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Visitation Rights of Grandparents in Florida

In Florida, grandparents have a limited right to get court-ordered visitation. The parents have the fundamental right to determine how their children are raised and who visits them. But this fundamental right is balanced against the best interest of the child in question.

Conditions to Allow Grandparent Visitation Rights

Two conditions must be met before a court will grant visitation rights to grandparents in Florida. First, the court must find that visitation by the grandparents is in the best interest of the child. And second, at least one of the following conditions has been met:

Best Interest of the Child Test

In determining the best interest of a child, Florida courts will consider all relevant factors. These factors include:

Adoption Exception

The natural grandparents will have no visitation rights if the child is adopted outside the family.

Consulting an Attorney

If you believe you should be awarded visitation rights, then a family law attorney can help you navigate the court system, file the appropriate paperwork, and represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 01-11-2014 12:07 PM PST

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