grandmother holding granddaughterThis article begins a series on the topics of the rights of grandparents living in Melbourne and other Florida areas. I am writing on this topic due to the fact that the rights, or lack thereof, of grandparents tends to be an issue which causes a great deal of confusion. This is due to the fact that Florida law is far more restrictive in our state than what is typical in other jurisdictions. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which can help people to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which can assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • The limited circumstances under which a grandparent can seek court-ordered visitation
  • Obtaining temporary custody of a grandchild under Chapter 751 of the Florida statutes
  • How to proceed if you believe your grandchild is in danger

I am addressing these topics for multiple reasons. First, Florida is different from many states in that it greatly restricts the ability of a grandparent to seek court-ordered visitation with their grandchild. There are, however, limited situations in which such visitation may be sought. Second, it is possible for a grandparent to obtain a custody order when they are serving as the child’s primary caregiver. This can be helpful as it permits the grandparent to consent to medical care, to enroll the child in school, etc. Finally, if you believe that your grandchild is in danger then it may be necessary to contact the Department of Family Services. The Department generally should not be contacted, however, without first speaking with an attorney.

If you are a grandparent and are concerned about your grandchild then the most important step is to obtain representation as soon as possible. I am a Melbourne family law attorney who practices solely in the area of domestic relations law. I understand that this is an important time in your life and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone to speak with a lawyer. We also service clients in the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.