If you are a grandparent living in Florida, you may want to obtain legal visitation rights to your grandchild for any number of reasons. Maybe the relationship between your grandchild’s parents is especially acrimonious and your child’s former partner prevents you from visiting, or maybe you have concerns about your grandchild’s parents abusing substances, and you want to do right by your grandchild.

According to the Florida State Legislature, Florida grandparents may be able to obtain visitation rights with regard to their grandchild, but they can do so only under specific circumstances. In the first scenario, you may be able to secure legal grandparent visitation if both of your grandchild’s parents are dead, missing or in long-term, vegetative states.

In a second scenario, you may be able to secure grandparent visitation of one of your grandchild’s parents is dead, missing or in a long-term vegetative state, and the other parent received a felony conviction for a crime that was either violent in nature or otherwise a threat to the safety and wellbeing of your grandchild.

If your situation meets one of these circumstances, the next step involves filing a petition for visitation, after which the court will typically schedule a primary hearing. Mediation or a final hearing may follow, and if mediation does not solve visitation issues, the court may award grandparent visitation at the final hearing if it feels that doing so would be in the best interest of your grandchild.

This information about Florida grandparents and visitation rights is educational in nature and not a replacement for legal advice.