Boynton Beach Grandparents’ Rights Lawyer
Florida divorce has profound effects for parents and their children, but the end of the marriage can also impact important family relationships between a child and grandparent. At times, resentment after a tough divorce leads the parent with custody to discourage a relationship between the child and parents of the ex. A parent could even prevent children from having contact with grandparents. If you are in such a situation, you might wonder about grandparents’ rights and how to enforce them.
The most important rule to remember is that a grandparent cannot overtake the rights of a fit parent who acts in the best interests of the child. However, grandparents may have rights to maintain a relationship with the child under certain circumstances. At The Law Office of Taryn G. Sinatra, Esq., we are dedicated to protecting this important familial bond. Please contact us to set up a case analysis with a Boynton Beach grandparents’ rights lawyer who can tell you more about where you stand. You can also review some background about these cases.
How Grandparents’ Rights Work
The rights of parents are paramount, so they have the power to decide who spends time with their children. However, a grandparent may petition for visitation if:
- The child is adjudicated as “dependent,” meaning taken from the parent’s custody.
- The parents have been missing for at least 90 days.
- Both of the child’s parents are deceased or incapacitated.
- One of the child’s parents is deceased or in a vegetative state, AND the other parent has been convicted of a violent felony.
- Both of the child’s parents are unfit to provide care.
You Benefit from an Agreement
It is possible to address grandparents’ rights by agreement, in which the parties compromise on visitation with the grandchild. You can include details about timing, schedules, pick-ups and drop-offs, vacations, and many others.
In truth, any agreement may not be binding because you cannot contract around the statute to create grandparents’ rights. However, it could still benefit you as a grandparent. The agreement provides structure and scheduling, which may be satisfactory to the parent who will allow it. If there are grounds to seek grandparents’ visitation as described above, the agreement is useful as evidence to show that you have been acting in the child’s best interests.
Legal Help with Grandparents’ Rights Cases
At The Law Office of Taryn G. Sinatra, Esq., we are committed to pursuing any possible legal remedy that protects your relationship with your grandchild. We are prepared to petition and go through court proceedings when you are eligible to seek visitation, including all hearings. If you would like to learn more about an agreement, a South Florida grandparents’ rights lawyer will explain additional details.
You Can Rely on a Boynton Beach Grandparents’ Rights Lawyer for Guidance
Our team at The Law Office of Taryn G. Sinatra, Esq. has represented many clients who seek to preserve their relationship with grandchildren, so we are prepared to support you. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with a Boynton Beach grandparent’s rights lawyer today.