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Grandparents play a crucial role in the lives of their grandchildren. When the need arises, however, they can play the main role of parent to their grandchildren. This is legally mandated by the Laws of New York under certain circumstances.

If you are a grandparent and are worried about the care and well-being of your grandchildren, you will be happy to know that you can get visitation or custody rights under the following circumstances:

• If you have a good relationship with your grandchildren and it can be proven that this relationship is substantial enough to provide meaningful influence to the child or children.

• If the parents to the children both die.

• If the children’s parents have barred you from having a relationship with the children and this relationship is important to their growth and development.

• If the parents of the child completely abandons their responsibility to take care of their child.

• If the parents of a child are declared not fit to take care of their child or children.

• If the child’s home is characterized by drug and/or alcohol abuse, and physical abuse.

• If the child belongs to a single parent home, their primary caregiver is deemed unfit, and the other parent refuses to take care of their child, the grandparents can be granted custody or visitation rights of the child or children.

• If the parents decide to grant custody of their child to their grandparents. The courts will still need to make sure that this is in the best interests of the child, and this cannot happen automatically.

• If a child is placed under the care of social services, the grandparents can be given visitation rights.

This also applies to adopted children. Their biological grandparents can file a petition to visitation and guardianship rights in the state of New York. It is worth noting that some states do not allow this.

As with most legal cases, sufficient evidence, also called the Burden of Proof should be given. That is, the grandparent(s) should be able to prove that there are weighty issues warranting visitation or guardianship rights. Even when the parents of a child die, the grandparents must be found capable of taking care of the child better than the next best relative.

Before a grandparent can be granted visitation or guardianship rights to their grandchildren, the judge involved will consider the age of the children, the nurturing skills of the grandparents, the wishes of the child, the geographical location of both the child and their grandparent(s), the mental health of the child and their grandparent(s), and the relationship the grandparents have had with the child since their birth.

What Does the Law Say?

The Laws of New York state that if a child is placed under the care of an official of social services, the grandparents shall have visitation rights.

If both parents die, then the grandparents will be considered for guardianship if this is in the best interests of the child.

The grandparents are subject to laws requiring their physical and mental examination before guardianship is granted to them.

Once they are granted guardianship, they have a right to overrule any decision made by the parents or any other guardian of the child as long as it is in the best interest of the child or children.

Grandparents’ Guardianship: The Process

Whatever the reasons for a grandparent wanting custody or visitation, an official petition to the court has to be signed to start the process. This petition has to be signed in the county where the grandchild lives. All involved and interested parties such as their parents and other grandparents should be informed once the petition has been made. If you already have visitation rights and want to change them, your petition should be a change or modification order.

What a Lawyer Will Do for You

Your lawyer will handle the documentation for the petition and help you build up a case against the children’s’ parents or guardians if you want them to be proven unfit.

If the case goes to trial, then you will need a lawyer to defend your case.

The process of determining the guardianship of a child is not easy, and the best interests of the child come first. This is why it is best to work with a family law attorney for guidance.


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Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
Verified
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
Verified
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

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Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

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Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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