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My son and s wife refuse to allow me to do things with my 6

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My son and his wife refuse to allow me to do things with my 6 year old grandson and hold my 3 week old grandson. I want to know my legal right.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 1 year ago.

Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. In New York, a grandparent(s) must have standing, for the Judge to be able to decide and rule upon visitation.In New York State, a grandparent has standing or the right to request visitation of their grandchild when:

  • one or both parents of your grandchildren have died
  • the court decides that it must get involved because of the special circumstances of your grandchild's case.
  • With that being said, you would need to show that it is in the best interest of the child for you to be involved and it trumps the decision of both parents to deny visitation, since they do technically have a legal right to do so, at this time.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It isn't my son who has the problem with me seeing the kids, but he won't stand up to his wife.
Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. I am sorry to say but she has a right to refuse this. However, he does not have to listen and if he wants to take the children to see you, he can.

Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 1 year ago.

I just wanted to follow up and see if you had any other questions or concerns. I am here to help, so please just let me know.