Providing Guidance And Counsel To Florida Grandparents
Grandparents play a unique role in the lives of their grandchildren. Unfortunately, divorce, substance abuse, family discord and other life circumstances sometimes present obstacles for grandparents who wish to continue building and strengthening their relationships with their grandchildren.
At Cauthen, Oldham & Associates, P.A., we represent grandparents pursuing time sharing (custody or visitation) with their grandchildren in situations where a parent is incapable of properly caring for a child due to alcoholism, addiction, mental illness or family violence.
Contact us to discuss your questions and concerns with an experienced Lake County grandparents’ rights lawyer.
Grandparents’ Rights And The Best Interests Of The Child
Under Florida law, grandparents have no right to time sharing with their grandchildren if it is opposed by a parent. In recent years, however, more and more grandparents have gone to court to establish legal rights to spend time with their grandchildren. Because time-sharing decisions are based on the best interests of the child, some grandparents have been successful in arguing that the elimination of a child’s established relationship with his or her grandparent would be detrimental to the child’s well-being.
Our firm represents many clients who have played a significant parental role for a large portion of their grandchildren’s young lives and are now seeking court approval of a time-sharing arrangement that has existed informally for years.
With more than 40 years of experience, we know the law and the most persuasive way to present your case to a judge. We can help you understand your rights, guide you through the process and assist you in making the best possible decisions for your grandchild.