How Does a Grandparent Seek Custody of a Grandchild?

How Does a Grandparent Seek Custody of a Grandchild?

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 24-Dec-2015

Did you know that in the state of Florida, grandparents can petition to gain custody of their grandchild even if the child’s parents are both living? If a child’s parents are deemed unfit or unwilling to care for their child, grandparents can step in and become the primary long-term caregiver with the court’s approval.

The courts may award a grandparent custody under any of the following circumstances:

  • Both parents are unfit to provide adequate care
  • Both parents provide consent to relinquish custody
  • The parents exhibit neglectful or abusive behavior
  • The parents have a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • A child’s parent is mentally ill
  • If the child’s parents are deceased

If a child is already living with a grandparent, the courts will have a greater likelihood of approving their request for custody. As with any custodial issue, a judge’s final decision will be made with the child’s best interests in mind. The courts will examine the child’s current living situation, as well as the ability of the grandparent to provide adequate care. A grandparent’s health, financial situation, and age may be relevant in determining this ability.

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If you are a grandparent in Florida seeking custody of your grandchild, it is imperative that you contact an Orlando child custody lawyer from R. Gregory Colvin LLC to maximize your chances of securing a successful outcome for your situation. Backed by more than 25 years of successful family law experience, our attorneys can use their vast legal knowledge to give you the edge in court.

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