Divorce doesn't just impact the spouses involved – it often touches the lives of both children and grandparents in a significant way. Fortunately, just because a divorce occurred does not mean you have to end your relationship with your grandchildren. New York has certain provisions for grandparents who want to ask the court for visitation or custody of their grandchildren.
In New York, grandparents are allowed to petition for visitation or custody if they have the "standing" to do so. Legally, standing refers to a grandparent's ability to meet certain requirements before petitioning the court. When it comes to visitation or custody, a grandparent has standing if:
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