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Grandparents’ Rights?

Grandparent’s play a significant role in the lives and upbringing of their grandchildren. Our family lawyer is passionate about protecting that role.

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At DePrima Law, we believe that children are raised best when they are surrounded by their family members. Proper development of self-esteem, stability and identity are deeply interconnected with cooperative community ties within the family. If you are a grandparent seeking to establish visitation rights with your grandchild, contact our Buffalo family law attorney. We would be proud to offer you the compassionate legal support and highly effective guidance that you require in order to achieve your goals. Although your rights are more vulnerable, you do have limited visitation rights to your grandchild under law. However, if the parents of your grandchild are living and married, you do not have the right to see your grandchild. A parent’s decision to keep his or her child away from a grandparent is generally validated by law. If the parents are divorced, the child is in non-parent custody, the parents are separated, or one of the parents has died, you have the right to remain in contact with your grandchild. Let us help you take advantage of your rights!

When Can I Request Visitation Or Custody?

It is important to understand that the court will only grant visitation rights to a grandparent if he or she had a prior bond with the grandchild. State court understands that the continuation of this bond is within the best interests of the child.

  • When A Parent Passed Away
  • When A Stepparent Has Adopted The Grandchild
  • When The Grandchild Is No Longer Living With Either Parent
  • When One Parent Has Been Sent To Jail, Prison Or Institutionalized
  • When The Parents Are Not Married To One Another
  • When A Divorce Or Other Proceeding Is Pending
  • When One Of The Parents Has Not Been Located For One Month
  • When The Parents Are Married But Separated On An Indefinite Basis
  • When One Of The Parents Applies With The Grandparents

Frequently Asked Questions

We Have The Answers That You Need

  • Questions

  • When Can I Sue For Visitation Rights?

    Answer

    You are entitled to sue for visitation rights under the following circumstances: the parents of your grandchild no longer live together, one of the parents of your grandchild has been missing for more than 30 days, your grandchild does not want to live with his or her biological parents, the step-parent of your grandchild has adopted him or her.

  • Can Court Ordered Visitation Be Modified Or Terminated?

    Answer

    Yes, a court ordered grandparent visitation order can be modified or terminated. However, the party seeking to terminate or modify the visitation order must file a Motion to Modify in District Court. In addition, if the original grandparent visitation agreement was pursuant to an Agreed Visitation Order, the party seeking to modify or terminate the agreements will be required to prove the change of circumstances. In addition, the party seeking to modify or terminate must show that this action is within the best interests of the child.

  • As A Grandparent, Can I Be The Legal Guardian?

    Answer

    A grandparent can be the legal guardian of his or her grandchild. In fact, guardianship may be necessary for a number of reasons including the following: the parent’s health, the parent’s military duty (requiring him or her to leave the country) or parental unfitness. Guardianship can be granted with our without the agreement of the parent(s). If granted despite the objection of the parent(s), the court determined it would be within the best interest of the child to grant guardianship to the child’s grandparent(s).

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    A Devoted Family Law Advocate for Nearly Two Decades

    When dealing with legal matters pertaining to your family, from divorce and child custody to spousal maintenance and property division proceedings, DePrima Law is here to provide you with the trusted advocacy you need. With over 13 years of experience, thousands of cases have successfully been handled by Attorney Gina DePrima. Her commitment to getting matters resolved promptly and peacefully have set clients and their families on the path towards a peaceful future. Trust our leading attorney to provide you with the legal insight needed to make wise decisions for your case.

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