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Helping Grandparents Obtain Custody

Custody battles are not always between two parents. In some cases, when both parents do not serve the best interest of the child, grandparents will petition to the court for a custody order. If you’re seeking custody of a grandchild, you should do so with a trusted member of our legal team on your side.

At Chesser & Barr, P.A., we understand the fight for protecting a loved one. You want what is best for your grandchild, and we make your case our priority. At our firm, you can trust that you’ll receive the undivided attention you need and deserve.

Get started with us today! Call our firm at (850) 610-7471 today to learn how we can help.

What do grandparents need to prove when seeking custody?

As with most child custody cases, the courts will prioritize the child’s best interest. As a grandparent, you must be able to prove that the child’s parents are unfit for raising the child. When weighing factors on a custody order, the court will listen to the wishes of the parents, and the child – if he or she is old enough to speak in court. If there are any signs of emotional or physical abuse, neglect, or addiction, the judge will take that into consideration as well.

Courts will consider the following factors when deciding on custody

  • Whether both parents are deceased
  • Whether both parents are incarcerated
  • The child’s mental health and wellbeing
  • The relationship between the child and the grandparent

We Will Proudly Stand By You

Our Emerald Coast child custody lawyers have more than 35 years of experience and are truly passionate about helping families during the most complex legal issues. We work tirelessly to keep your case out of court – we’ve seen how highly litigated courtroom battles damage familial relationships. From the moment you come through our doors, you can rest assure that we will guide you step by step.

We serve Okaloosa County, Walton County, Santa Rosa County, and Bay County. Contact us online to schedule your consultation.

A History of Proven Legal Advocacy

For decades, the Emerald Coast attorneys at Chesser & Barr, P.A. have been committed to providing clients with results-oriented representation. Our clients come to us when facing sensitive legal issues and they seek cost-effective, practical, and efficient resolutions. Since our firm’s founding, we have always put the rights and interests of our clients first, and this is reflected by our happy clients, proven results, and professional accolades.

Why Hire Us?

  • Board Certified Real Estate Specialist
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Board Certified City, County, & Local Government Law
  • Board Certified Certified Court Mediators
  • Super Lawyers®
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • LegalElite Best for Trade Law – Florida