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New York Grandparent's Rights

All over the New York area any New York Family Lawyer will advise you, when a couple breaks up, divorces, or legally separates, this has an impact on family members beyond the two involved. Children may be the focus of Custody, Support, or Visitation issues, for example. And their grandparents may also be affected by these changed family circumstances. A New York Grandparents Rights Lawyer recognizes how grandparents contribute to a child’s life—and how your grandchildren can enrich yours. And at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, a New York Grandparents Rights Lawyer can give you free advice on how to preserve your grandchildren’s relationship with you and defend your grandparents rights.

It can be challenging to secure custody or visitation rights for grandparents, as there are limits on grandparents rights. We understand the unique differences between these cases and cases focused on Mothers Rights or Fathers Rights. The provisions in New York law regarding grandparent custody and visitation, for example, are among the most brief of any state in the U.S., and they aren’t easy to understand. The law in New York does provide for grandparent visitation in cases where at least one of the child’s parents is deceased. And, like in any of the other 50 states, visitation with grandchildren must be judged as in the best interests of the child. This is a primary determining factor—generally, New York Family Courts is likely to grant you some access to your grandchildren if it is seen as being in their best interests.

As a grandparent, you do have options, however. A skilled New York Grandparents Rights Lawyer is familiar with ways they can help you obtain an order granting you rights to visit your grandchildren. Additionally, in circumstances where one of the grandchild’s parents has died (or both have), it’s possible for us to help you request guardianship or permanent custody. We also represent grandparents who seek guardianship or custody in cases where one or both parents are deemed unfit to care for their child.

Clearly it is important for you to understand your options as a grandparent who seeks to stay positively involved in your grandchild’s life. Call Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC today to explore the avenues open to you. With our extensive experience in Family Law cases from Child Custody to Paternity to Child Support and Divorce, our team will aid in negotiating an arrangement that’s appropriate to your family and sensitive to its unique needs. For free initial advice, reach us at 800.696.9529 to set a meeting time with us in one of our offices in the New York area. We’re located in every New York City borough—whether you need a Manhattan Family Lawyer or a Brooklyn Family Lawyer, we can meet you in Manhattan and also in or Brooklyn (Kings County), Staten Island, or up in the Bronx, as well as in Queens. For even easier access for our suburban clients, we’re also in Westchester County and on Long Island, where you can come to us in Nassau County and sit with a one of our Nassau County Family Lawyers or—if it’s easier—in Suffolk County. Call us today to discuss this significant Family Law matter.

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My ex-husband hadn't paid child support or the mortgage on the house as he was supposed to. Stephen Bilkis and his team of lawyers were amazing. They stopped the foreclosure on the house, Got a judgment against him and most importantly kept me and my children in the house. Can't say enough good things about him in the firm their compassion hard work and dedication were exceptional. I.G.
From the very first phone call to Stephen Bilkis' office, the staff was extremely polite and helpful in assisting me. Mr. Bilkis was honest and upfront with me from the beginning in what he projected the outcome of my case would be; in the end we got better results than either of us anticipated. He was very genuine and compassionate in understanding my situation and how this legal matter could effect not only myself but my family as well. I highly recommend this law firm and will most definitely continue using them for any future legal needs. Jarrett
Stephen has handled numerous estate matters, criminal matters and family court matters effectively and with a goal-oriented approach. He gets great results and is a results-oriented attorney. Dustin