What Can We Learn From a Grandparent’s Lawsuit?

An Indian couple is suing their son, demanding that he and his wife produce either a grandchild within a year or pay them almost $940K. It turns out that the parents paid for their son’s wedding, luxury car, pilot training program and honeymoon abroad only to be rewarded by him NOT living with them and to add insult to injury, NOT producing a child. The audacity!

The couple stated in their petition filed with the Court in Haridwar, “My son has been married for six
years but they are still not planning a baby. At least, if we have a grandchild to spend time with, our
pain will become bearable.” This takes guilt to a new level!

So, what can we learn from entitled grandparents?

We can discuss grandparents’ rights in Florida. Florida has one of the strictest policies regarding
grandparents’ rights and only grants visitation rights against a parent’s wishes in very limited
circumstances. Florida courts hold that parents have a fundamental right to decide what is in the best interests of a child with minimal intervention by the courts or government (or by their parents for that matter). Statute 39.509 outlines the rights grandparents have, and as expected, the parents must first not have physical custody of the child. If a parent has physical custody, in Florida, grandparents do not have any rights. Of course, any grandparent’s rights must also be in the best interest of the child.

There you have it, Florida is a long way away from even entertaining a lawsuit for not having children
and grandparents rights are essentially non-existent. We also learn to keep good records; you never
know when you need to show your kids exactly how much you spent on them LOL

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