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Support group helps grandparents who can't visit grandchildren

Family law issues often center around how often parents will be able to see their children. However, other relatives may also find that family problems prevent them from visiting children in their family. Readers in Pensacola County will be interested in this matter of family law that involves grandparents who have no contact with their grandchildren.

A Manatee grandmother reports that her daughter is preventing her from seeing her three granddaughters after a family argument. The grandmother adds that a counselor has told her that her daughter has a personality disorder.

The daughter took offense at something the grandmother did after the family spent a day at an amusement park in 2011, although both grandparents say they don't understand what the problem is. They began attending meetings at Alienated Grandparents Anonymous, which meets once a month at a local church.

AGA frequently deals with parents who have a child suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome, a condition that was first described in the early 1980s. Children with PAS belittle and insult their parents, often in a situation involving a child custody dispute. A Florida attorney specializing in grandparents' rights comments that legislation to protect these rights is usually ineffective in Florida since the law allows parents to decide who their children can see.

Family legal issues often consist of negotiation between parents and other relatives of the children. Persons involved in these cases should also be prepared to go to court if these negotiations break down. Speaking to an experienced family law attorney may be helpful.

Source: Bradenton Herald,"Grandparents find solace with each other through new support group after losing connections with grandchildren," Dee Graham, Jan. 21, 2013

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