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The relationship between you and your grandchildren is unique and precious, especially when you've been deeply involved in caring for them. Your grandchildren need the love and stability that you, as a grandparent, provide, especially if there is upheaval in other areas of their lives. If it becomes necessary for you to legally define or protect your relationship with your grandchildren in Bucks, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties, the family law attorneys at Ashby Law Offices, LLC can help.
We have extensive experience with Pennsylvania custody and visitation cases, including those involving grandparents. We understand the stresses involved in pursuing visitation or custody of your grandchildren, especially when you are challenging their parents. We offer the personal support and assertive advocacy you need to make it through the legal process and be there for your grandkids.
In the past several years, grandparents' rights in Pennsylvania have been narrowed somewhat by state law. Currently, as a grandparent, you can pursue legal or physical custody under limited circumstances, such as if you are already acting “in loco parentis” (literally, in the place of the parent). You may also seek legal or physical custody of a grandchild if you can prove that your relationship with your grandchild:
You may file for visitation or partial custody of your grandchild in any of the following circumstances:
In deciding grandparents' petitions seeking custody or visitation, Pennsylvania courts always take into account what would be in the best interests of the child. Ashby Law Offices, LLC represents grandparents and great-grandparents seeking custody or visitation under Pennsylvania law, as well as parents who are challenging a grandparent's request for custody or visitation.
If you have questions regarding grandparents' rights in Pennsylvania, contact Ashby Law Offices, LLC at 215-536-7606 or through our convenient online contact form. We offer a free telephone consultation and we accept most major credit cards as payment for services.