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As A Confident Divorce Lawyer In Hauppauge, I Am Very Familiar With Visitation Laws

In the state of New York, grandparents have a limited right to visit their grandchildren. Parents still have a fundamental right to raise their children as they desire, this includes the decision to of who they want to visit. However, the court can grant visitation rights to grandparents based on what is in the best interest of the child. Grandparent visitation laws in the state of New York are much more restricted than in other states. Sometimes visitation is only allowed if one of the parents is deceased or if the court feels a grandparent intervention is absolutely necessary. It should also be noted that only natural grandparents or those by legal adoption will be considered. In some cases, the courts have stipulated that aunts, uncles and great grandparents cannot obtain rights for visitation.

There is a two part test that is used to determine whether grandparents should be entitled to visitation. The court must first determine if visitation is in the best interest of the child and then they must determine that there is indeed a well-established and functional relationship between the grandparents and the child.

When determining if visitation will be in the best interest of the child, the courts will take a list of factors into consideration including the child's wishes and the parent's past conduct. When looking at signs of a strong relationship between grandparents and the child, all factors are taken into consideration.

The laws pertaining to grandparent's rights to visitation are muddled and confusing. As a confident divorce lawyer in Hauppauge, I am very familiar with these laws and I stand prepared to represent you in your visitation case.

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