Divorce and Grandparents Rights

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

When couples get divorced there is often custody of children involved.  However, grandparents worry about the parent who is not their child allowing them to see their grandchildren.  Worry they should.  Because there are no outright laws that grant rights to grandparents, other than through the parents of the grandchild.  In other words, if a grandparent wishes to see a grandchild, the grandparent must have permission from one or both of the parents of the grandchild.

There are exceptions to this law in special circumstances wehre one of both of the parents are unfit, dead, in jail, in rehab, or otherwise unable to serve the best interests of the child.  Then and only then can grandparents petition the court for temporary custody, or guardianship over the child and his/her property.  If a court finds that BOTH parents of the child cannot serve the best interests of the child, then the grandparents can get a court order for temporary arrangements.  This includes decision making for education, health, and other major decisions that have to be made daily in the upbringing of minor children. 

For more information about divorce and grandparents in Palm Beach County, Florida, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, PA at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.


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