Order for visitation
If you are faced with a hostile custodial parent, a petition seeking an order of visitation may be filed to request intervention by the court. Parents are not the only ones who can submit a request. Grandparents, siblings, half-siblings, and step-siblings may also file. Unfortunately, New York will not award custody to many other family members, including stepparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Of course, when deciding on these cases, New York courts will always act in the best interests of the child.