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Grandparent's Rights

Grandparents have very limited visitation rights in New York. A grandparent would need to prove to the court that visitation is in the grandchild's best interests.  The court will generally look for a pre-existing, well-established relationship between the grandparents and the grandchild.  Some reasons a grandparent would file for visitation are the following:  


  • They don't see the grandchildren as often as before the separation or divorce

  • They are being prevented from visiting their grandchildren

  • One of the parents is serving in the military overseas, and the grandparents wish to have visitation with the grandchildren at their own home

  • One parent dies, and the other parent cuts off contact with the in-laws

  • The grandparent believes that the parents are unfit due to substance abuse or other factors