Do grandparents have visitation rights after divorce?

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In some cases, divorce can tear entire families apart. The ones who are often most impacted by a divorce are the children. In addition, the relatives of the noncustodial parent may no longer be able to spend time with the children. Grandparents often wonder if they have rights when it comes to visitation because they fear that they will lose the relationship they have with their grandchild after a custody arrangement has been made.

If a grandparent feels as though their relationship with the grandchild is suffering after a divorce, they may want to consider legal options. In New York State, a grandparent has the right to request an order for visitation. If a grandparent wishes to request an order for visitation in New York, they should retain the services of an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can assist a grandparent in filing the request. The court will determine if it is in the best interests of the child to grant the grandparent visitation rights.

It is important to note that only parents, grandparents, and siblings can request orders for visitation in New York State. Other relatives, such as uncles, aunts, and stepparents are not permitted to request visitation orders, regardless of how close the child is with that relative.

If you need assistance requesting an order for visitation to visit your grandchild, contact our firm today.

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