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A close relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild gives a family strength across multiple generations. When parents get divorced, however, the relationship is put in jeopardy. When the court determines the rights of the custodial and noncustodial parents, the grandparents may be left out completely, possibly ending the grandparent-grandchild relationship.
At The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn, we have extensive experience handling grandparents’ rights issues in Pennsylvania. We do our best to find solutions that work for the entire family, especially for the grandchildren who are caught in the middle of the dispute.
Understanding Pennsylvania Grandparents’ Rights
The law in our state is specific about how and when grandparents can assert rights to visitation or even custody. Generally speaking, if both parents agree that a grandparent should not have any rights, then courts may honor that decision. Absent such an agreement, there are several possibilities:
- When one parent is deceased: A grandparent may ask the court for visitation or custody rights. One of the main factors in the decision will be the amount of contact between the grandparent and grandchild before the parent passed away.
- When parents divorce or separate: After a divorce action is filed or when the parents have been separated for 6 months, a grandparent can request visitation or partial custody rights.
- When a child has lived with grandparents: When a grandchild has lived with his or her grandparents for at least 12 months but then is removed by the parents, the grandparents can request reasonable visitation rights.
- If a parent is charged with a crime: Under Pennsylvania’s new child custody law, if a parent or if anyone in the parent’s household is charged with a crime, grandparents may be able to obtain custody of the grandchild.
Our attorneys represent grandparents who want to assert their legal rights regarding their grandchildren. We understand the emotional nature of these cases, and we do our best to provide compassionate advice and effective counsel for these sensitive matters.
Learn More About Your Rights As A Grandparent
If you have questions about your rights as a grandparent, we are ready to help you find answers. To arrange a consultation at The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn, call 215-268-7241 or toll-free 866-657-7318. You can also contact our Philadelphia law firm online.