Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Visitation Law for Grandparents

From Sun Sentinel:

A new Florida law is being trumpeted as the first advancement in grandparent visitation rights in decades.

Despite this measure, which goes into effect July 1, grandparents still have almost no legal standing in Florida when it comes to visiting their grandchildren — even if those youngsters lived with them for years while their parents struggled with addiction, divorce or other problems.

The statute change, however, is limited to a very select group: families where the grandchild's parents are both dead, missing, or in a persistent vegetative state. It also applies if one parent meets any of the previous requirements and the other parent has been convicted of a felony.

Otherwise, grandparents remain blocked from having their visitation legal petitions considered in court, as Florida rulings have consistently upheld that parents have the right to control who has access to their children.

Read more here.

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