Helping Grandparents Assert Their Rights To See Their Grandchildren

Relationships with grandchildren can be complicated through divorce, separation, death or other circumstances. As a grandparent in New York state, you have the right to seek court-ordered visitation in certain circumstances. However, to win visitation, you need to provide legal support. At Larkin Ingrassia, LLP, we have helped numerous grandparents pursue the right to visit their grandchildren.

These rights are only applicable to the adoptive or biological grandparents. Then you can seek visitation rights, if:

  • One or both of the children’s parents died
  • You have a well-established relationship with the children
  • The parents have interfered with you maintaining this relationship

Our attorneys understand that courts give weight to parental preferences, so if you are fighting for visitation against the interest of one the parents, you will need experienced legal counsel on your side. At Larkin Ingrassia, LLP, our lawyers have more than 200 years of combined experience. We will use this extensive knowledge to create a strong case for visitation.

Factors That May Influence Your Right To Visitation

After we have established your legal right to request visitation, we must also prove that spending time with you is in the children’s best interests. The court does not have a specific list, but in our experience, factors that determine visitation include:

  • What the children want
  • The age of the children
  • How far away you live from the children’s home
  • The mental and physical health of you, the children’s parents and the children
  • Your relationship with your grandchildren
  • Your relationship with their parents
  • Past behavior of the parents
  • The reason the parents may be limiting your visits
  • What the home environment is like

Here To Protect You And Your Grandchildren

We will work with you to show the court that allowing visitation is in the child’s best interests. With our track record of proven results, we know what it takes to sway the court in your favor. In more extreme circumstances, you may also be seeking custody of your grandchildren. These cases are harder to prove, so you definitely want to seek out experienced family law counsel. Let our firm of attorneys represent you and your interests and protect the welfare of your grandchildren.

Wondering What Your Rights Are As A Grandparent?

Reach out to our firm via phone at 845-566-5345 (local), (toll free) or send us an email. Our firm has offices in Newburgh, Middletown, and Kingston, New York. Se habla español.