Understanding Grandparent Rights In Pennsylvania

If you are a grandparent, then you understand the special bond that exists between a grandparent and a grandchild. Your grandchildren are one of the most precious assets you have, and you want to make sure they are provided with the best life possible. As a grandparent, you have the right to make sure that is possible.

When a family is going through a custody case, most people are focused on preserving the relationships between child and parent. What is oftentimes overlooked, however, is the relationship that exists between grandparent and grandchild.

Do I Have Standing Under The Statute?

Grandparents and third parties have the right to ask for custody, partial custody or visitation rights according to Pennsylvania legal statutes. Grandparent rights ensure that you are provided with time and access to your grandchildren.

The factor that is most important to the court is what is in the best interest of the child. Fostering healthy and happy relationships between grandparent and grandchild is important, and we will help make sure that relationship has the opportunity to continue growing.

Some things that the court will consider include:

  • The best interest of the child
  • Whether the child's parents are going through a divorce
  • If the child's parent (child of the grandparent) is deceased
  • If the child has resided with the grandparents for at least 12 months

We will walk you through all of your options and help you determine which course of action is best for you and your grandchild. Whether you want to pursue custody due to serious parental negligence such as drug addiction or mental illness, of if you just want to ensure that you continue to be a part of your grandchild's life, we are on your side. We will diligently represent your interests and those of your grandchildren inside and outside of the courtroom.

Your Greensburg And Westmoreland County Guide To Grandparent Rights

Because Pennsylvania child custody laws are constantly changing, it's best to have an experienced and dedicated family lawyer on your side. At the Law Offices of Debra L. Henry, we are focused on knowing ever-changing laws and how they pertain to your situation.

If you have any question about whether you meet the guidelines to have standing in a child custody case, contact our office at 724-216-6525 or online. Our attorney will get to know your family and your specific situation in order to help guide you through the process.