The role of grandparents can be different for every family. Many families are willing to put differences aside to ensure grandparents are able to spend time with their grandchildren. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with every grandparent relationship.
Sometimes it’s difficult for parents to see that it’s in their child’s best interest to have their grandparents in their life – whether it’s visitation hours, temporary child custody, or even sole custody of a child. The best chance you have to get visitation or custody rights for your grandchild is to hire an empathetic attorney who will fight for what’s best for your grandchild.
Grandparents Visitation Rights
Every parent has a right to raise their child the way they see fit. However, it is absolutely appropriate to get legal experts involved if there is evidence that the current situation puts the child’s health, safety or welfare at risk. This evidence is hard to come by on your own, so speaking with a well-established family attorney will help determine if you have a case for stepping in.
If the State has removed your grandchild from the custody of their parents and the matter is currently pending in dependency courts, grandparents are able to request set visitation while the matter is being resolved. The ultimate goal of removing a child from their home will always be to allow them to grow up with the best environment possible.
Grandparents can request temporary child custody if one or both parents have passed away, abandoned the child or otherwise neglected to provide a safe and healthy environment for the child.
Temporary Custody & Concurrent Custody
As it is relatively common for parents of minor children to ask grandparents and extended family to temporarily care for their children when they are unable to do so themselves, Florida Statute 751 awards extended family and grandparents custodial rights in the form of temporary or concurrent custody.
In situations where parents cannot be located, grandparents can get temporary custody to solve issues concerning school registration and medical treatment for the child. Concurrent and temporary custody is specifically designed as a short-term solution until the parents can resume their role as the primary caregivers.