Grandparent’s Rights

A number of court decisions handed down by the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court have determined that awarding grandparents’ rights are an unconstitutional invasion of the natural parents’ rights of privacy in raising their children as they see fit.  However, Florida Statute, 752 provides for grandparents and extended family members to have, under certain circumstances, temporary custody, timesharing and contact with their grandchildren.

Also, Florida Statute, 39 covers dependency cases where there may have been child abuse, abandonment or neglect, and the court has the authority to place a child with a grandparent or other caring relative. These placements can eventually result in adoption of the grandchildren.  When the court determines the child is a dependent child as the result of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect, the court may terminate the parental rights of the natural parent or parents, which may result in the adoption of the child by a family members or third parties.

The Dorsey Firm has been representing clients in grandparents’ rights cases for over thirty five (35) years and is committed to providing competent and aggressive representation for our clients.

For more information call our office at (904) 346-3883 or Contact Us for an appointment to learn your rights.

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