New York residents may be interested in some of the legal issues surrounding grandparents' visitation rights. Legal precedent dictates that these rights may be at the parents' discretion.
When New York parents decide to end their marriage, one parent will normally be given primary or sole physical custody of their children. The court will also establish how visitation can be handled, and one type of visitation for the non-custodial parent is what is called reasonable visitation.
In today's advanced technological environment, the rights of some divorced parents are being impacted by what is called virtual visitation. This is a way for non-custodial parents who are not physically present to continue their relationship with their children by using tools such as email, social media sites, webcams and video conferencing. It seeks to supplement in-person visitation between non-custodial parents and their children, not replace it. New York judges have already began to use this method as a way to extend parental visitation rights.