Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC understands the invaluable role that grandparents can play in the lives of their grandchildren. Sometimes when the relationship between a grandparent and the parent of a child sours, the grandparent is cut out of the child’s life. Our firm has experience fighting for appropriate grandparent visitation rights for our clients. In order to obtain a grandparent visitation order, the grandparent must establish standing and show that visitation would be in the child’s best interest. Standing can be established when one or both of the children’s parents are deceased or when other “conditions exist in which equity would see fit to intervene.” The equity inquiry considers the nature and extent of the grandparent-grandchild relationship.
Our firm also has experience representing grandparents seeking custody of their grandchildren pursuant to the extraordinary circumstances standard and/or the statutory standard set forth in New York Domestic Relations Law (DRL) § 72. DRL § 72 creates a type of extraordinary circumstances only applicable to grandparents: an extended disruption of custody (generally 24 months where the child has lived with the grandparent).