Tampa Grandparents' Rights Lawyer | Grandparents' Rights Attorney

Grandparents want rights to their grandchildren.  Call a family law attorney in Tampa today to find out what your options are.In Tampa, and indeed the entire state of Florida, grandparents are an integral part of the family unit. Whether sharing their collective wisdom with the next generation, or guiding their children as they begin to raise their own children, the contributions of grandparents cannot be overestimated. Today in Florida, there are hundreds of thousands of children living in grandparent-headed households, while many live in households headed by other relatives.

 

Florida Grandparents' Rights Are Limited

In 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parents have the fundamental right to make all decisions concerning the welfare of  their children. That decision severely limited the rights of grandparents to custody and visitation of grandchildren in every state.

Tampa Grandparents' Visitation Rights

Although Florida grandparents have no inherent rights granted by Florida laws, there are situations where Tampa grandparents are entitled to grandparent visitation rights to their grandchildren. In Florida "grandparent" also means "great-grandparent". When it is in the best interest of the minor child, a court will give reasonable rights of visitation to a grandparent if the child's parents are divorced; a parent has deserted the child; or the child was born out of wedlock.

To determine whether it would be in the best interests of the child to have time with the grandparents, the court will consider the willingness of the grandparent to encourage a close relationship between the child and the parent; the length and quality of the prior relationship between the child and the grandparent; and the child's preference if the child is old enough to express one. If one of the parents remarries and the stepparent adopts the child, a grandparent's visitation will not end so long as continuing the child's time with the grandparent is in the best interest of the child.

Florida encourages families to resolve differences over grandparent visitation within the family. If that is unsuccessful, the family may be required to attend formal or informal mediation. For more information about the benefits of family mediation, go to DotCO's Family Mediation & Arbitration page. If there is still no agreement in mediation about the grandparents’ visitation rights or a visitation schedule, the Florida family judge may have a hearing in court to determine the grandparents’ visitation.

Whatever your situation, you will be unprepared for the court proceedings, legal requirements, and paperwork that come along with a grandparents' visitation battle unless you have the guidance of a well trained Tampa divorce lawyer or Tampa family lawyer experienced in grandparents' rights. These lawyers will be able to fully inform you of your options regarding your grandchildren, and will work to ensure your family is protected and nurtured.

New Family Members Mean New Responsibilities

Often when kinship care is involved, grandparents end up responsible for the future of their grandchildren. No investment is more important than in your grandchild's education, so consider a 529 savings plan option in your state to pre-pay college tuition for your grandchild. The advantage of many states' 529 plans are that they can be purchased directly through the state which lets you avoid sales charges that come with 529s sold through brokers.

Look into the Florida Prepaid College Board for four affordable prepaid plan choices offering families the ability to prepay the cost of college tuition and required fees guaranteed. The University Dormitory Plan for on-campus housing expenses can be added on or consider opening a Florida College Investment Plan that can be used for any qualified college expense.

For assistance with a 529 plan, contact a certified financial planner in your area.

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JHS Capital
501 E. Kennedy Boulevard Fl 14
Tampa FL 33602
(800) 307-4547
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Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
100 S. Ashley Drive  Suite 950
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 757-6549
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Northern Trust
425 North Florida Avenue
Tampa FL 33602
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StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc.
330 W. Bearss Avenue
Tampa FL 33613
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Northwestern Mutual Wealth Man
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Tampa FL 33604
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SagePoint Financial
8875 Hidden River Parkway Suite 300
Tampa FL 33637-2087
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Greenleaf Financial Strategies
8875 Hidden River Parkway Suite 300
Tampa FL 33637
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John Hancock Financial Services
1511 N. Westshore Boulevard Suite 870
Tampa FL 33607
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205 S. Hoover Boulevard Suite 401
Tampa FL 33609
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Principal Financial Group
4010 Boy Scout Boulevard Suite 700
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Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
100 N. Tampa Street Suite 2400
Tampa FL 33602
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Simmons LaPlant & Assoc
9724 N. Armenia Avenue Suite 200
Tampa FL 33612
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