Grandparents’ Visitation Right’s Attorneys In Albany, NY
Are you a grandparent in the Albany area trying to get the right of visitation or custody of your grandchild? Sometimes a grandparent is denied visitation with his/her grandchildren because there has been some breakdown in the family. This can be divorce, alcohol, drug abuse or incarceration. Understanding your rights is the first step in ensuring that your relationship with your grandchildren does not end.
At your free, no obligation consultation our Albany Grandparents Visitation Lawyers will help you understand your rights and we will work with you in creating a strategy for solving your problem. Thus far in 2011, our firm has had four (4) grandparent visitation cases. All four (4) cases ended with fantastic results. In two (2) of the cases the grandparents were awarded generous visitation schedules. In the other two (2) cases, the grandparents were awarded primary custody of the children involved, which is a difficult outcome to achieve.
Our Background On Grandparents’ Visitation In New York
Under New York law, grandparents may petition the court for visitation under two circumstances. The circumstances are as follows:
- The grandparent’s child (or the grandchild’s parent) is deceased.
- The grandparent can show that “circumstances show that conditions exist which equity would see fit to intervene.” What does this mean? New York courts have interpreted this to mean that the grandparents who are seeking visitation must show that there is an existing relationship between the grandparents and the child(ren).
If one of the above requirements are met, the next question becomes, is visitation with the grandparents in the best interest of the children? If the answer to that question is also yes, the court will likely award the grandparents’ visitation.
For background about how grandparent’s rights have progressed over the years visit this link: History of Grandparents’ Rights. If you are a grandparent and have been denied visitation with your grandchild(ren) for whatever reason, you have a legal remedy. Let our Albany Grandparents’ Rights Attorneys help you by calling (518) 389-2900 now.