Becky Caruso, Binghamton Attorney
Binghamton Attorney Experienced in Divorce and Family Law. Serving Binghamton, New York and the surrounding areas of Endicott, Johnson City, Vestal and Owego, including Broome, Tioga, Chenango, and Chemung Counties.
Grandparents can be an important part of children's lives. Grandparents often play a vital part in their grandchildren's lives and develop close relationships with their grandchildren. Unfortunately, when parents separate or divorce, both the grandparents and the grandchildren can be adversely affected.
New York State offers grandparents an opportunity to petition the Family Courts for visitation rights. When couples with children dissolve their union, the courts strive to minimize the impact on the children. This can be a very stressful time for children. The courts desire to keep the children's lives undisturbed as much as possible. This can mean, that the children be able to continue the relationship they have enjoyed with their grandparents. Continued contact with grandparents can help children adjust to the new and difficult circumstances they experience when parents separate or divorce.
The Family Court in New York requires grandparents seeking court ordered visitation to meet two threshold requirements: The first requirement is that the grandparents have already established a relationship with the grandchildren and that the grandparents and grandchildren have developed a bond. The second requirement is that continuing visitation between the grandparents and grandchildren are in the best interest of the children.
Grandparent visitation is not an "automatic right". The threshold requirements must first be met. The courts are usually careful not to grant an amount of visitation that will burden the parents. It is important to remember that once parents have ceased living together, the children will be spending time with each parent separately.
Because grandparent visitation is not an "automatic right", and grandparents must meet the legal challenges to be granted visitation with their grandchildren, it is important that grandparents obtain legal representation to bring a petition in court seeking visitation with their grandchildren.
Written by Becky Caruso, Esq.
Becky Caruso is a local Attorney with over 25 years experience in Divorce and Family Law.
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