Until fairly recently, grandparents had no rights to visitation/timesharing with their grandchildren. Florida Courts have consistently held that it is a violation of the rights of the parents to give grandparents visitation rights. That changed slightly in 2015, when Governor Rick Scott signed a law giving grandparents visitation/timesharing rights under certain conditions. Specifically, in order for grandparents to get visitation rights or timesharing, both parents must be deceased, missing or in a persistent vegetative state. If only one parent meets the above requirement the other parent must have been convicted of a felony or an offense of violence evincing behavior that poses a substantial threat of harm to the minor child’s health or welfare. If one parent is around and is not a felon or has exhibited violence towards the child, then grandparents have no rights to visitation/timesharing.
If you have any questions about timesharing/visitation or any other family law matter, please give us a call. Andrew G. Storie is a family law and divorce attorney who serves Orlando and all of Central Florida. For more information, or if you are contemplating a divorce or modification of your parenting plan please visit http://www.storielaw.com/ or call us at (407) 890-1291.