Manhattan Grandparents’ Rights Attorney
Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in New York
The issue of grandparents' rights in an intact family as well as a divorced family is quite complicated.
Grandparents in New York State do not have an automatic right to custody or visitation by virtue of their biological link with their grandchildren. Grandparents can, however, petition the court to award custody or visitation.
Circumstances that may work in your favor include:
- A present or past custodial situation with your grandchild
- A demonstrated bond between you and your grandchild
- Contribution to the child’s basic needs, such as education, or other substantial financial support
A court evaluates any request for a custody modification based on the best interests of the child.
Contact our Manhattan grandparents' visitation rights lawyers today to discuss your options!
Grandparents' Rights in New York State
If your grandchild’s present situation poses a danger to his or her safety or well-being, a New York State court may consider placing the child in your temporary custody until the threat subsides.
Circumstances that may lead to temporary custodial rights include:
• Domestic violence
• Drug use by the parents
• Child abuse by the parents
• A generally unsafe living environment with the parents
A court also considers your fitness to assume child custody or visitation rights. It considers your own history, including criminal and abuse history, as well as your physical and mental health. If the parents oppose your request, these issues may be raised at your family court hearing.
The Manhattan grandparents' rights attorneys at Roven Law Group, P.C. help you assess your options for pursuing grandparental custody or visitation in New York State. Our Manhattan grandparents' rights lawyers will guide you through the complex family court process, listen to your concerns and answer your questions. You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who understands the process, advocates for you and is compassionate and understanding of the issues. Our founder, Janice Roven, has been though the process and will work diligently in her representation.