With almost 20 percent of the population of Florida surpassing the age of 65 and around 75 percent of those seniors assumed to be grandparents, the issue of visitation rights for grandparents is a hot topic across the state. We at The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani understand these concerns and work hard to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given the visitation time that you deserve.
The Sun Sentinel claimed that a 2015 bill was made a law and gave grandparents more rights than they had previously been given. In many cases, the grandparents do not have the right to custody or visitation rights for their grandchildren, but there are some instances in which they do.
In cases where both parents of the child are deceased, a grandparent can seek visitation rights. If both parents are either in a persistent vegetative state or convicted of a felony, you can also seek visitation rights for your grandchild.
Divorce can have far-reaching effects on more adult family members than just the spouses who are making the decision to the end the marriage. If your child is getting divorced, you are likely concerned about how often you will get to see your grandkids. While the new law does not give parents of divorcing children any additional rights to visitation with or custody of their grandchildren, it does is give grandparents the right to tell the judge why they should be allowed time with their grandchildren after the parents have split. To learn more about how you can be awarded time with your grandkids, please visit our web page.