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Helping Parents, Grandparents And Stepparents In Visitation Cases

Last updated on March 8, 2022

Under New York law, biological parents’ rights take precedence over any rights that grandparents or stepparents may attempt to claim, provided that the biological parents are deemed fit by the court. That does not mean, however, that grandparents and stepparents will necessarily be completely shut out of the children’s lives.

While biological parents have the right to decide with whom their children will associate, the courts have the discretion to allow certain visitation rights to grandparents and stepparents when it is in the best interests of the child. Such visitation rights are often more likely to be approved when a grandparent or stepparent played a central role in the child’s life during the marriage, including providing daily care, transport to and from school, or taking time off when the child was home sick.

Securing visitation rights for grandparents and stepparents can be a difficult process. In cases where the stepparent has adopted the child, a stronger argument can be made for custody rights. Regardless of your situation, having an experienced lawyer can help ensure that their interests are protected.

Syracuse stepparent rights attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts and the legal team at DeRoberts Law Firm provide comprehensive legal services to clients on all sides of these cases.

Custody Issues Involving Stepparents And Grandparents

DeRoberts Law Firm also represents parties on all sides of custody disputes. In some cases, grandparents or stepparents may want to seek custody of the child. In most cases, these proceedings call the fitness of the biological parent into question, and a compelling case must be made that the child would compromise the child’s safety or well-being.

These are legally complex and emotionally charged proceedings. Mr. DeRoberts has extensive experience with these matters, and he works diligently to keep the focus on the best interests of the child. He builds the most compelling possible argument to show that his client is in the best position to provide for the child now and in the future.

Discuss Your Case With A New York Grandparents’ Rights Attorney

Whether you are the biological parent needing help defending against claims from stepparents or grandparents, or you are a stepparent or grandparent seeking visitation or custody rights, DeRoberts Law Firm will provide the representation you need. Call 315-479-6445, or send an email for a free initial consultation.