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Holidays and the grandparents: a few visitation considerations

With the end-of-year holidays fast approaching, the thoughts of millions of family members in Florida and elsewhere across the country centrally turn toward one thing: the joy and excitement that typically exudes from children at this most special time.

That anticipation and happiness is often in equal evidence at the other end of the family spectrum, as well, with grandparents who are eager to spend time and lavish love on the youngest family members.

The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is flatly special in millions of American family units, and it seemingly assumes almost magical dimensions during holiday seasons.

Not always, though. In some families, those special days prominently marked off on the calendar are signified most by tension and issues relating to visitation and child custody. Perhaps mom and dad are divorced or separated. Perhaps one or both parents do not welcome the grandparents’ visit. There may be a history of inter-generational mistrust or a son-in-law or daughter-in-law might -- for myriad reasons -- simply resent having a spouse’s or former partner’s parents around during the holiday season.

A recent media article discusses the subject of grandparents’ rights to visit their grandchildren, noting that states differ in their approach toward visitation.

This area of law can be notably complex, with a number of factors being in play that might end up being subjected to a judge’s close scrutiny.

As with virtually all legal matters relating to a child, the child’s best interests will be paramount in any judicial determination relating to visitation or custody.

An experienced child custody and visitation attorney can respond to questions and concerns in this area.

Source: FindLaw, "Grandparent visitation: 5 tips for the holidays," Betty Wang, Nov. 18, 2013

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