Are you concerned about Grandparent Visitation Rights? If you have been separated from your grandchildren you are probably experiencing a sense of loss and wondering if you have any options. In the state of New York, grandparents can legally request court-ordered visitation if they meet certain criteria, which differs from the criteria for parent/child visitation or custody.
Grandparent visitation rights are not guaranteed, but a judge will weigh several factors to determine if legal visitation should be granted. Grandparents should establish the existence of a previous relationship with the grandchildren before visitation will be considered.
Other factors that determine grandparent visitation rights include the nature of the circumstances surrounding the denial of visitation, if the parents are deceased or living, the wishes of the child, and what is in the best interest of the child in the eyes of the court. Learn more about how attorney Joseph H. Nivin can assist with your grandparent visitation rights case here.