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Grandparents: Your child's divorce and access to grandchildren

It's a harsh fact that many couples face divorce in modern families. However, its prevalence doesn't mean that it is easy or a pleasant thing to go through. As the parent of a person going through a divorce, it is likely to bring great stress on you.

You may feel helpless in being able to support your children in navigating the hardships of their lives, and you are also likely to be concerned about your grandchildren, as well as what your future relationship with them might be.

It's OK to grieve your children's failed relationships

It is important to remember that it is OK to be upset about the failing of your children's marriages. You wanted to see them and their spouses have beautiful futures together, and although you were invested, it was out of your control. You can take the time to grieve and accept this as a reality.

You must also accept that whatever happened was not through any fault of your own. Many parents of people going through a divorce wonder if there was anything that they could have done to prevent such an outcome. Your children are grown adults who make their own mistakes in life, just like anyone else.

Grandparents and child custody in Florida

A grandparent technically doesn't have any rights during the divorce of a child, meaning they also have no rights to grandchild custody. In fact, child custody decisions in Florida are based on what is considered in the best interests of the child, and typically only involve the parents, not grandparents. This means that as long as both parents provide a positive role in the child's life, have no history of domestic violence or other criminal charges, and want to have custody, they will likely be granted joint custody of the child in question, which is known as shared parental responsibility in Florida.

The only way grandparents could be given any sort of custody is if both parents were dead, in jail or deemed completely unfit, along with a few other rare situations. However, if your child has joint custody of your grandchild, it is likely that very little will change in regard to how often you can see your grandchild.