There is not one universal version of a "happy family."
The family structure has evolved and changed and many grandparents have taken a more active role in the child-rearing responsibilities traditionally reserved to biological parents. Located in Buffalo, Venzon Law Firm PC helps grandparents obtain visitation time necessary for maintaining and nurturing relationships with the grandchildren they love.
Venzon Law Firm PC can help your family find its happily ever after.
Niagara Falls Grandparent Visitation Lawyers
Grandparents often establish legitimate and meaningful relationships with their grandchildren. Thus, the minor children are the ones who suffer when biological parents cut ties with grandparents and refuse to allow the grandparent-grandchild relationship to continue. Venzon Law Firm PC helps grandparents petition the court for the visitation time they need to grow and nurture their grandparent-grandchild bonds.
Due to the large role grandparents — and other nonparents such as siblings — often play in a child's life, the state of New York has recognized that these individuals have legally enforceable visitation rights under certain circumstances.
Grandparent-Grandchild Bonds: A Legally Protected Relationship
New York State allows grandparents to petition the court for visitation time despite the grandchild's parents' opposition to the grandparent-grandchild relationship.
The court examines two factors when determining whether to grant grandparent visitation. First, the grandparents must have an established and meaningful relationship with the grandchild. Second, the court must find that granting grandparent visitation is in the best interests of the grandchild. Judges examine a variety of factors for determining the child's best interests and may exclude from their evaluation the desires of the grandparents or the relationship between the parents and the grandparents when making this determination. If one of the biological parents is deceased then grandparents automatically have standing to pursue visitation in court.
New York offers visitation to grandparents and siblings in limited circumstances. If the child's biological parents are fit, they have final say in the amount of time — if any — grandparents spend with their grandchildren.
Contact Experienced Family Law Attorneys
If you are being denied access to your grandchild, you may be able to petition the court for legally enforceable visitation rights. Contact the Buffalo grandparent rights lawyers of Venzon Law Firm PC to learn your rights. Call us at 716-262-8282 or toll free at 800-583-6960.