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Grandparent Visitation in Florida

Petition for custody by an extended relative in Florida

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Custody

Sometimes, children reside with caregivers other than their parents such as grandparents, aunts and adult siblings. In these cases, the caregiver usually needs a document that authorizes the caregiver to take actions on behalf of the child such as enrolling the child in school, obtaining medical information, etc. These petitions are most easily granted when the parents agree to the custody arrangement, but they are also possible when the parents do not agree.

Enforcing grandparent make-up time-sharing in a Florida child custody case

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Custody

Of note in recent Florida family law appellate decisions is grandparent visitation rights. While Florida recognizes a legal parent's constitutional right to privacy and therefore does not give standing to grandparents to petition for visitation rights, a Florida court must uphold and enforce a grandparent visitation order entered in another state. An interesting issue related to this came up in the case Downs v. Nottingham, 219 So.3d 244 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017). 

Grandparent visitation rights in Florida child custody cases

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Child Custody

Grandparent visitation rights in Florida are generally restricted due to the constitutional right to privacy that parents have in raising their children. However, a 2017 case decided by the Florida Supreme Court opens the door to visitation for grandparents who obtain a child custody order in another state.