Divorces can be very difficult and in some cases, they can pull families apart. There are a number of different issues that can arise within families after divorce, including when a hostile family member no longer gets to see a child of the divorced couple. Of course, this can be devastating for both the child and the family member. When it comes to child visitation orders in New York, it is important to understand what the court will and will not permit.
Who can request visitation?
Often, when an individual wishes to spend time with a child that they once used to see regularly prior to the divorce, they may want to request visitation. In order to do so, the individual must request an Order for Visitation through the court, if the custodial parent won’t allow them to see the child. This is often the case when sole custody has been awarded. It is important to be aware that only certain family members are permitted to request visitation. This includes parents, grandparents, and siblings. Unfortunately, aunts, uncles, stepparents, and cousins are not permitted to request an Order for Visitation regardless of how close the bond is between the individual and the child.
If you have questions about requesting visitation, contact our firm today.
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