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Reasons Parents Block Grandparent Visitation

What happens if you have been denied access to your grandkids? It’s incredibly cruel and harmful to the child when parents don’t allow grandparents to visit their grandchildren. As a grandparent, you should understand that the parents hold the majority of the cards.  Therefore, you must work in a collaborative manner to resolve your disputes.  Sperling Ducker PLLC’s Orlando grandparents’ rights lawyers can help you resolve this.

Common reasons for grandparents to be denied visitation include:

  • The death of one parent
  • The parents were never married, and the custodial parent has a bad relationship with the other parent (the grandparent’s son or daughter)
  • The parents got divorced

Petitioning the Court for Visitation Rights

When the court makes a ruling in favor for or against the grandparents in regards to visitation rights, the following criteria are analyzed:

  • The relationship between grandparents and the child
  • Length of that relationship
  • Whether the child derived support from the grandparents during the disruption to the family unit
  • The health of the grandparents

Unfortunately, Florida’s laws regarding grandparent visitation are extremely strict. Courts almost fully side with the child’s parents. The grandparents of a child whose parents are deceased, missing, or in a persistent vegetative state may petition the court for visitation. Also, if one of the child’s parents is dead, missing, or in a vegetative state.  What if one of the biological parents has been convicted of a felony or offense? What if they show a substantial risk of them harming the child? In this case, the grandparent may petition for visitation rights. This is under Florida statute 752.011. Besides that, it is extremely unlikely that visitation rights are given to grandparents.  The best option for obtaining visitation is to work with the parent or parents. Before you go to the courts, make sure you have exhausted all options of conflict resolution.

Contact Experienced Orlando Grandparents’ Rights Attorney at Sperling Ducker PLLC

Divorce doesn’t just affect parents and children. Divorce affects grandparents as well. What if grandparents are denied visitation rights by one or both of the parents? The grandparents or grandparent may be able to take legal action. Studies have shown that when a child has a positive relationship with his or her grandparents, this is a beneficial impact for both the child and the grandparents. The court always makes timesharing and visitation decisions in favor of the child’s best interests.  Reach out to Sperling Ducker PLLC today. Sperling Ducker PLLC’s grandparents’ rights attorney’s will properly represent your case.

Struggling with child custody or a divorce? Not sure how to plan for you or a loved one’s elder care? If you are seeking legal representation contact Sperling Ducker PLLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. Call us at 407-645-3297 or send us a send us a message. Visit our Winter Park and Orlando office. Sperling Ducker PLLC serves Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Orlando, Oviedo, Winter Garden, Winter Park and Winter Springs and surrounding areas.

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