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By David A. Shapiro, Esq., Staff Attorney I’ve been a family law attorney since 1981, and there’s one thing I’ve learned: try not to get into a dispute with parents over visitation. This is a losing proposition. The nastiest cases that I have involve grandparent visitation. If your son or daughter is deceased, the situation…

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Obtaining child support and services for relative caregivers

        Grandparents (or other family members) raising grandchildren face unique challenges as they become parents a second time around, and must often navigate a dizzying array of legal, financial, and social challenges as they step in to care for their grandchildren. In addition, grandparents must often stretch their budgets when they take on the…

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Grandparent Visitation

This information was provided by the Rural Law Center of New York and is re-published here with permission. LSED thanks the RLC for its generous contribution of content to our blog. Please visit the RLC website at and for more information on grandparent visitation rights: In New York State, grandparents have the right…

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Grandparents Can Have Custody, Too

A grandparent, or other relative, has the right to petition the Court for custody of children where it can be shown the parents are negligent or abusive.  Legal Services for the Elderly has helped many grandparents take custody of their grandchildren to get them out of dangerous situations.

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