Visitation Rights of Grandparents in Florida
In Florida, as in other states, grandparents have a limited right to get court-ordered visitation. As always, the fundamental right held by parents to determine how their children are raised and who visits them is balanced against the best interests of the child in question.
Several 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 interest of the child, and at least one of the following conditions has been met:
- The parents’ marriage has been dissolved
- A parent has deserted the child
- The child was born out of wedlock
In determining the best interests of the child, the Florida court will consider all relevant factors. Some examples of these factors include the preference of the child, the health of the child and the grandparents, and the length and quality of the pre-existing relationship between the child and the grandparents.
If the child is adopted outside the family, the natural grandparents will have no visitation rights.
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Last Modified: 08-24-2012 04:08 PM PDT
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