July 16, 2015

Florida has a new law that allows Court-ordered visitation for grandparents and great-grandparents in certain limited situations: if the parents are deceased, missing or in a coma; or if one parent is deceased, missing or in a coma and the other parent has been convicted of a felony or a violent crime demonstrating a threat of harm to the child. The new law, designated Chapter 2015-134, Laws of Florida, amends Florida Statutes Chapter 752.

In a proceeding for grandparent visitation under the new law, the Petitioner is required to prove by clear and convincing evidence that (1) a parent is unfit or that there is significant harm to the child, (2) visitation is in the best interest of the minor child, and (3) the visitation will not materially harm the parent-child relationship.

This new law was approved by Governor Scott on June 11, 2015. It became effective July 1, 2015.Here is a link to the full text of the new law: http://laws.flrules.org/2015/134. For more on Grandparent’s Rights in Florida, click here: Grandparents Rights in Florida

As a Family Law Attorney in Volusia County, Florida, Richard “Jake” Jackson has been serving the legal needs of the Central Florida community since 1985. Call usat (386) 738-1111 to schedule a free consultation in our office at DeLand, Florida.

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