Sheldon Boyce, Esq. Involved in Noteworthy Decision in Grandparent Visitation VLSP Case

  • 5/18/2008
  • VLSP
  • Source: New York > Rochester / Finger Lakes

Sheldon Boyce, Esq., of Brenna, Brenna & Boyce, PLCC the pro bono attorney who played a pivotal role in achieving a resounding court victory for a grandmother seeking visitation with her grandchild, despite the opposition from the boy's parents.

The Volunteer Legal Services Project case involved grandparent visitation, which is a growing area of the law in recent years. The decision is unusal for two reasons: grandparent visitation cases are difficult to resolve successfully, and it involved two parents who both opposed the grandmother's request for visitation with the grandchild.

Once standing for the grandparent was established, because of her prior significant relationship with the child, a hearing was necessary to ascertain that it was in the child's best interests that the grandmother be awarded visitation rights. Despite the fact that the parents' opposition to visitation created a high hurdle for the grandmother, the grandmother surmounted it and was awarded visitation.

Sheldon, an outstanding volunteer, received the 2004 VLSP William McKnight Pro Bono Service Award. Kudos to Sheldon for his professionalism, tenacity and willingness to accept a difficult matter for a deserving grandmother.