My soon to be ex-wife and I have raised (off and on) our 3 grandchildren for their entire lives. My step-daughter recently stated that unless I give in to my soon to be ex-wife's demands, I will never see my grandchildren again. She (my step-daughter) is already facing a court hearing from her ex-husband alleging she has denied him visitation. Do grandparents have any visitation rights in Florida?
There are some very small exceptions (like in dependency cases where the grandparents are trying to remove an abused grandchild), but as a general rule, grandparents and step-grandparents have no rights regarding visitation (timeshare) with their grandchildren under Florida law. Still, you should speak to a local lawyer.
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In general, grandparents do not have the right to see their grandchildren. This is based on the Florida Supreme Court's view that parent's have a (nearly) absolute right to control who sees their children. Perhaps your step-daughter's soon-to-be ex-Husband would allow you to see the children?
My colleagues are correct, with few exceptions, grand parents to not have rights to see their grandchildren. The Florida Legislature has passed several grand parents rights statutes, and each as been struck down as being a unconstitutional interference upon the parent's rights to control who can see their children.
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