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Exercising grandparents' right in Grandparents' Day

Grandparents can oftentimes play an important role for families in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are often considered the children's second parents and they teach the child values and get involved with fun activities with them. Even if the parents divorce, grandparents still have legal rights to their grandchildren.

In light of this, since 1978, a special day has been declared to honor grandparents. Former President Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day as the day to celebrate National Grandparents Day. Additionally, most states, including Pennsylvania, formed statutes that allow grandparents to obtain visitation rights with their grandchildren.

National Grandparents' Day is the day that grandparents exercise their grandparents' rights and can be with their grandchildren. To make grandparents' day memorable, children may spend time with their grandparents in the kitchen, preparing meals and trying out some family recipes.

There are many different activities that children and grandparents can share. Children can make a memory box, which is filled with old photographs, letters and other items that are important to both the grandparent and the grandchild. Sharing stories is a great idea as well. The grandparents may answer questions from their grandchild regarding childhood memories and what their lives were like as a child.

If the grandparent does not live close to the child, they may take advantage of technology. Keeping in touch is easy enough to do now. The child may also send a handmade card or letter to let the grandparents know how much they mean to them.

However, not all grandparents may have the chance to spend Grandparent's Day with their grandchild. Fortunately, Pennsylvania grandparents can obtain visitation rights, regardless of whether the child's biological parent is no longer married to the other parent or has passed away. Visitation laws may vary from state to state, but the laws consider what is best for the child first. The sound advice of a legal professional can help grandparents who are wanting to understand and explore all their legal rights and options.

Source: Times Dispatch, "Grandparents Day" Anne Arntson, Sep. 1, 2013

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