Grandparents' & Third-Party Rights in Pennsylvania
Are You Seeking Visitation Rights to Your Grandchildren?
As a grandparent, death and divorce can directly affect the relationship you have with your grandchildren. Fortunately, Pennsylvania allows grandparents to request rights of visitation under certain circumstances. If you need legal assistance with this matter, it is important to work with a Pittsburgh family lawyer who is knowledgeable in state law regarding grandparents' rights.
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PA Grandparent Rights
Similar to other matters of custody and visitation, the court is careful to uphold the best interests of the child when a grandparent is requesting visitation.
A grandparent may do so only in very specific circumstances, including:
- The death of a parent
- The divorce of the parents
- If the parents have filed for divorce or been legally separated for six months
The court will consider how much interaction occurred between the grandparents and their grandchildren before the visitation petition has been submitted. According to Pennsylvania state law, grandparents are eligible for two specific kinds of visitation – partial physical custody and supervised physical custody.
Aside from grandparents, it is possible for third parties to obtain custody of a child. For example, a person standing in loco parentis- meaning in place of the parent – to the child can seek child custody, if the individual has assumed parental status and the biological parents have rescinded their parental duties.
Furthermore, Act 21 - which was passed in Pennsylvania in 2018 – expanded the categories of people who can request child custody through the courts. According to the recent law, any person (who is not a family member) may seek custody, as long as he/she (1) has assumed or is willing to assume responsibility for the child, (b) has the best interests of the child, and (3) neither parent is caring for the child.
Common types of third parties include:
- Blood relatives such as aunts, uncles, or cousins
Put a Dedicated Pittsburgh Divorce Lawyer on Your Side
With such an important decision at stake, it is important to have a Pittsburgh family law attorney in your corner who is experienced in parental rights cases and can protect your rights. We can work tirelessly to prepare the strong case you need and show the court why you deserve visitation rights.
What are you waiting for? Contact our Pittsburgh divorce attorney today! Your relationship with your grandkids matters to us.