When a couple goes through a divorce, the repercussions do not begin and end with just their own lives. Their children and their parents will all be affected in one way or another. For example, if you are a grandparent of a grandchild whose parents have divorced, you may need to fight for your rights to visit your grandchildren.
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The state uses a case-by-case procedure when deciding whether or not to let a grandparent visit their grandchildren. As with a divorce, your visitation must be in the child’s best interests, not just your own. If either parent has attempted to keep you away from their child, you will need to show that your presence will benefit your grandchild.
If one or both parents of your grandchild have passed away, you may be granted automatic rights to visit them. You may even request the right to become their legal guardian if visitation is not enough. Still, even in such unique and unfortunate circumstances, you are not given grandparent visitation rights automatically, and you will need to present your case to the court.
You may want to show the court that you:
It should also be noted that great grandparents and step-grandparents do not automatically inherit any visitation rights in New York State, not even in situations where there are no surviving parents.
There must be enough evidence to deny a grandparent visitation in NY. The judge considers the parent's objections, family structure, and any friction between grandparents and parents. However, animosity is not substantial evidence.
Family law disputes between immediate family members, such as two spouses, are complicated. Still, the matters can become even more complex if you are more distant from the source of contention, such as a grandparent wanting to visit a grandchild.
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