5 Ways Grandparents Can Help During Divorce

5 Ways Grandparents Can Help During Divorce

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 10-Apr-2019

When Your Child Goes Through a Divorce

If your son or daughter is facing divorce or a child custody battle, you may be worried about how the divorce will affect your relationships with your grandchildren. You may also be concerned about how your son or daughter will handle the divorce process. Luckily, there are many ways that you can help during this difficult time. At R. Gregory Colvin, LLC, our family law attorney has extensive family law experience that affords him insight into how best to help divorcing spouses, and how your role as a grandparent is crucial during this time.

Protecting Relationships as Grandparents

When your child is going through a divorce, you may feel helpless, or like you want to make things easier but don’t know how. Read on for tips on how you can help during their divorce:

  1. Listen: Be a good listener for your child, his or her spouse, and your grandkids. Try to give unbiased advice, when it is solicited. Do your best to not to badmouth either spouse to each other or your grandkids.
  2. Support your child: This is not a matter of taking sides, as that is an unnecessary action, but when it comes down to it, your child should be your priority, not the ex, no matter what the circumstances.
  3. Abide by parental rules: When it comes to your grandchildren, don’t make matters worse by going against parental rules. Divorce is a difficult time for all involved, so being a stable component of your grandchildren’s care is important. Upholding the rules of your child and his or her ex allows them to focus on moving forward, rather than undoing your sabotage.
  4. Provide a stress-free zone: Give your grandchildren the peaceful, stress-free time that they need while their parents are separating. Avoid talk about the divorce and provide them with things to distract them. Children will often hold stress in their bodies, so activities that involve movement such as playing tag or dancing, are extremely helpful.
  5. Keep the details to yourself: It is not your place to tell family members or friends or share news about the divorce on social media. Give your child and his or her spouse the privacy they deserve. Let them decide how and when the world knows about their divorce.

Divorce and Custody Rights

If your son or daughter’s relationship is on the rocks, and you are worried about their parental capabilities during the divorce, you may be able to work with an attorney to ensure that things are handled effectively. You may also be able to fight for custody, under certain extenuating circumstances.

The cases wherein Florida awards custody to grandparents include one or more of 5 circumstances:

  1. The parent is unfit to care for the child.
  2. Visitation is in the best interest of the child
  3. Visitation is not detrimental to the parent-child relationship
  4. Both parents are deceased, or are incapacitated
  5. One parent is deceased, missing, or incapacitated and the other is a convicted felon

If you have questions about divorce, child custody, or grandparent rights in Florida, discuss your concerns with our family law attorney at R. Gregory Colvin, LLC. Attorney Colvin has years of experience with Florida law, and can work with you through this difficult time. He understands that the children’s best interests are of utmost importance, and he can put your concerns to rest through legal counsel and representation. When you need legal help during your child’s divorce, call on Attorney Colvin for advice you can trust.

Contact our team at (407) 603-3460 to discuss your rights as grandparents.

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