As anyone who has ever been involved in a family law dispute is likely to know, a family conflict can involve much more than just parents and their children. Especially with today's diverse families in New York, family law encompasses many issues related to the extended family of couples and their children. One topic that has become increasingly important is the issue of grandparents' rights. Many grandparents want to know: Do I have visitation rights to spend time with my own grandchild?
There are many different reasons why a grandparent might request visitation rights. Perhaps their child got divorced and their former spouse no longer voluntarily allows the grandparents to visit. Or, perhaps the whole family is involved in a dispute over custody or other family legal issues, and the grandparents have been pushed aside and haven't been able to spend time with their grandchildren.