Do Grandparents Have Custody Rights In Pennsylvania?
It is not uncommon for grandparents to seek custody rights of their grandchildren who are under the age of 18. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acknowledges that grandparents have rights when it comes to their grandchildren, their relationships with their grandchildren and what is best for the children. If you have underage grandchildren and have concerns regarding your rights to see them and be involved in their lives it makes sense to consult with a Delaware County, PA Grandparents’ rights lawyer.
Contact the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello at 610-892-4940 or online for a free initial consultation. Ms. Truscello is well versed in Pennsylvania family law and will do their best to fight for your rights regarding being a part of your grandchildren’s lives.
Rights Regarding Visitation Or Custody
Having a grandmother and or grandfather in a child’s life can do wonders for the emotional and mental well being of the grandchild or grandchildren. The life of the grandparent is also enriched. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania realizes this and will typically allow a grandparent to petition for custody and or visitation rights in several circumstances:
- One or both parents are deceased
- If the parents were never married, are married but separated for more than 6 months or are divorced
- The grandchild or grandchildren lived with the grandparents for more than 12 months and were then removed from the home
If the parents are married and the marriage is stable and intact it may be difficult for a grandparent to sue for primary custody. If the child is at risk due to parental drug use, alcohol abuse, physical or emotional abuse or neglect a grandparent can sue for primary custody under Pennsylvania law.
To Lean More About Grandparents’ Rights Contact the Family Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello
If you feel that you are being denied your rights as a grandparent it may make sense for you to speak with a Media family law attorney who is experienced handling grandparents rights cases. Call the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello at 610-892-4940 to discuss your case or contact us online. Ms. Truscello has an office in Media, Pennsylvania to better serve you.
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