A small victory for Grandparents in the State of Florida. The Florida Supreme Court’s decisions in Von Eiff v. Azicri, 720 So.2d 510 (Fla.1998) and Beagle v Beagle, 678 so 2d 1271 (Fla. 1996), struck down portions of Florida Statutes that gave grandparents visitation rights in Florida. In Von Eiff, the court held that the government may not interfere in a parent’s decision regarding grandparental visitation. This remained the state of affairs until new laws were passed, effective July 1, 2015, codified at Florida Statutes Chapter 752, entitled “Grandparental Visitation Rights.” Although very limited these new laws permit a grandparent of a minor child whose parents are deceased, missing, or in a persistent vegetative state, or whose one parent is deceased, missing, or in a persistent vegetative state and whose other parent has been convicted of a felony or an offense of violence evincing behavior that poses a substantial threat of harm to the minor child’s health or welfare, to petition the court for court-ordered visitation with the grandchild. The definition of grandparent includes great grandparents as well. For more information on this new child custody law in the state of Florida contact The Attorneys of West Palm Beach.