Family Law

Family ties are thought to be the most private and enduring relationships in society. As most can attest, however, these relationships are rarely free from conflict. When domestic issues cannot be solved within the home, family law seeks to restore order and provide a fair solution for all parties involved.
For many, family law is thought to be synonymous with divorce proceedings. In reality, divorce is just a small part of family law which covers a broad array of domestic issues including adoption, premarital agreements, paternity and child support issues.

When legal action is necessary to resolve familial matters, it is essential that you entrust your most private matters with a compassionate and knowledgeable family law attorney. Our dedicated attorneys and staff serve as good listeners, confidants and advocates for all of our clients during their most difficult times.

 

Grandparents Rights

Grandparents also have the right to build and maintain relationships with their grandchildren. The Codjovi Law Firm helps grandparents obtain the visitation time they need to foster and preserve family bonds.

New York State allows grandparents to petition the court for visitation time despite the grandchild's parents' opposition to the grandparent-grandchild relationship.

The court examines two factors when determining whether to grant grandparent visitation. First, the grandparents must have an established and meaningful relationship with the grandchild. Second, the court must find that granting grandparent visitation is in the best interests of the grandchild. Judges examine a variety of factors for determining the child's best interests and may exclude from their evaluation the desires of the grandparents or the relationship between the parents and the grandparents when making this determination. If one of the biological parents is deceased then grandparents automatically have standing to pursue visitation in court.

New York offers visitation to grandparents and siblings in limited circumstances. If the child's biological parents are fit, they have final say in the amount of time — if any — grandparents spend with their grandchildren.