Grandparents’ Rights Attorneys in Queens
Preserving the Bond You Share with Your Grandchild
We understand how important it is for a grandparent to build a relationship with their grandchild. The bonds you share with them are unique and strong and can last a lifetime. So when your grandchild’s parents separate, file for divorce, or one of them dies, it’s understandable to be concerned about how the circumstances will affect your relationship. At Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys, principal attorney Natalie Markfeld and team know the legal rights grandparents have in the state of New York, and our family law attorneys can fight to keep your grandchild in your life for good.
Eligibility for Visitation Rights
Grandparents can request court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren under certain circumstances in the state of New York. State law has particularly narrow grounds when it comes to granting visitation rights, but we can help you determine if you’re eligible.
Generally, you can request visitation with your grandchildren when:
- You have an existing relationship with your grandchildren
- Your grandchild’s parents have interfered with your efforts to maintain your relationship
- One or both of your grandchildren’s parents die
If your grandchildren’s parents are married, you can’t file a request for visitation rights unless:
- One or both parents are incarcerated or are in drug rehabilitation
- One or both parents support visitation
- Absenteeism of one parent
Grandparents’ rights only apply to grandparents, biological or adoptive, and not great-grandparents or other relatives.
What to Prove in Court
Our attorneys are experienced in achieving visitation rights and can help you secure quality time with your grandchild.
There are various steps you need to take, including:
- Filing a petition with the court
- Establishing legal grounds for your request
- Show that spending time with you as a grandparent is in your grandchild’s best interests
To show that the quality time you spend with your grandchild is in their best interests, you must touch on factors including:
- Your grandchild’s age
- Your grandchild’s wishes
- The distance between your grandchild’s home and the location of the visits
- Your past and current relationship with your grandchild
Call us at (718) 215-0121 to schedule your same-day appointment with our Queens grandparents' rights attorneys.