This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the rights of grandparents in Melbourne and other Florida areas. I considered it important to write on this topic due to the fact that what rights grandparents do, and do not, enjoy can often cause confusion. This is, in part, due to the fact that the law on this issue varies from state to state. I, therefore, wrote this series with the goal of providing information which will help people to better understand their situation. It was also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I analyzed include:
- Situations in which Florida grandparents can seek court-ordered visitation
- How grandparents can gain temporary custody of their grandchildren
- Steps to take if your grandchild is in danger
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, Florida has some of the most restrictive laws in the country in regards to grandparents gaining visitation. A grandparent may only Petition for visitation in our state if one of the parents is deceased and the other is either incarcerated or a danger to the child. While such situations are rare, they occur. Second, there are many situations in which a grandparent may need temporary custody of a grandchild. These include instances where the parent is away and the grandparent is already serving as the primary caregiver. In these situations it is possible to gain a temporary order of custody. Finally, if your grandchild is in immediate danger it is important that you contact law enforcement. It is also important that you speak to an attorney before contacting DCF.
One point I made in each of these articles is to contact an attorney immediately if you are in need of assistance. If you are being denied visitation which you are eligible to receive then waiting to bring a case can result in the Court finding the current situation to be in the best interests of the child. Contacting counsel sooner, rather than later, is important to your case. As a Melbourne family law lawyer, I am able to assist with such matters. Contact my office online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. I look forward to speaking with you. 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.