Long Island Grandparents' Rights
You Do Have a Say Concerning Your Grandchildren
As a grandparent, you may be under the impression that you do not have
any rights regarding your daughter or son's divorce. Although the
rights that you have are very limited, they do exist. Depending on the
situation, you can apply for visitation rights. In very limited circumstances,
you may even be eligible for child custody. One complication you can face
with visitation is if the child is adopted by a new parent after the divorce.
Another common situation is when a grandchild is being abused by his or
her custodial parent(s) and grandparents want to step in as legal guardians.
No matter what your legal concern involves, our Long Island divorce lawyers
can help you protect your grandchild.
New York Laws on Grandparents' Rights
As a grandparent, you have the right to seek visitation rights to maintain
a relationship with your grandchild. Although there is no assurance that
the court will grant such a request, our firm can help maximize your chances.
As a grandparent subject to the laws of New York, you are not automatically
granted the privilege of being involved in your grandchild's life.
This state, however, is more permissive than many others in regard to
granting visitation rights.
With the experienced legal guidance of a Long Island grandparents'
rights attorney from our firm, we can help you understand your rights.
New York law provides visitation rights to grandparents if at least one
parent is deceased. The other provision is more ambiguous, stating that
visitation rights can also be pursued in circumstances in which the grandparents'
intervention would be beneficial to the child. Overall, the court will
assess the child's best interests pertaining to this situation. If
you would like more insight into the child custody and child visitation
rights that you possess as a grandparent,
contact our firm today! Schedule a free case evaluation at once.