Buffalo Grandparents' Rights Lawyer
Do Grandparents Have Rights in New York?
It is important to note that in order to petition the court with the help of a lawyer, you need to be the legal grandparent of the child. If that is the case, then it is your legal right to seek visitation rights from the court, if you have had a significant relationship with your grandchild, the parents of the child have prevented you from having a relationship with the child, or one or both of the parents has died.
The decision will be left up to the court, and their main focus will be on what is best for the child. It is up to you or your attorney to convince the court of this. It is important that you are well represented by an attorney who can build a solid case and convince the court they should provide you with visitation rights. In addition to showing you legally have a claim to visitation rights, you will also need to show that it is in the best interests of the child.
The information the court will be looking at includes:
- What the child’s wishes are
- Your relational history with the child
- The health of all parties involved
- The mental state of all parties involved
- The age of the child
- Your relationship with the parents
- If the court believes you are fit to have a relationship with the child
Advocating Your Rights to Your Grandchild
Grandparents play an essential role in the lives of their grandchildren. In the event of a divorce or legal separation, their role can become uncertain and their access to the child can become limited. The courts recognize that this can be a problem and that is why there are certain grandparents' rights that you can petition for in New York.
Establishing your legal rights and having them implemented by the court is a decision that can have a lifelong impact on your grandchild and your relationship with them. Our firm works tirelessly to protect the interests of our clients and we lean on our experience and knowledge of New York Family Law to gain positive outcomes. Under the leadership of Attorney Gina DePrima, we employ a holistic approach to representing our clients in family law cases. Furthermore, Gina DePrima has a comprehensive perspective of family law issues, stemming from her diverse experiences as a mediator, co-parenting coach, and a tenacious litigator.