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What Rights Do Grandparents Have When Couples Divorce?

New York courts have a very limited set of circumstances under which they will enforce the rights of grandparents to maintain a relationship with grandchildren.

The state applies a two part test when considering a grandparent’s petition for visitation.

First, the court wants to evaluate the request in terms of the best interest of the child. Second, the court will evaluate the condition of your relationship with your grandchild.

Courts are most sympathetic to the rights of grandparents when their child, the parent of the grandchildren in question, has died and the other parent limits the grandparents’ access.

However, courts are strongly interested in the best interests of children, and if you believe your grandchildren are being unfairly denied the benefit of an ongoing relationship with you, then we can help you make the case.

Call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-523-1111 and talk to a child custody attorney for free.