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Grandparents' rights take spotlight in three-part workshop


Parenting can be difficult. There are times when Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, parents are deemed unfit and the child's needs, as well as their overall well-being, are compromised. In many cases, as complicated as it may seem, grandparents take the responsibility for the unfit parents.

One woman knows this all too well. She sensed that her daughter's problems were hindering her ability to effectively take care of her own children. So, like any loving grandparent, she did what she felt was right, she sought custody of her grandchildren. During this difficult time, she often had trouble with paper work and in navigating the legal process. However, instead of allowing herself to become discouraged, she decided to help organize a workshop on grandparents' rights and custody issues.

The first part of the three-part seminar was held last January. She attended the event. She found the presenters respectful and informative. Respect is an integral part of such a situation. It is often difficult for grandparents to admit that their own child cannot raise their children properly. This can become a point of hesitation. However, grandparents should bear in mind that when it comes to the best interests of the child, they should not hesitate to do what is necessary.

Another important aspect of custody rights is assistance from a family law attorney. An attorney can help grandparents to navigate the court process and can be invaluable when a grandparent is pursuing partial or primary custody of a child. An attorney can also help establish an appropriate arrangement when it comes to visitation rights.

The bond between a grandparent and a grandchild is undoubtedly special. Philadelphia grandparents should realize that it is not uncommon for grandparents to take care of their grandchildren in the event that the parent in unable.

Source: The Recorder, "Grandparents raising grandchildren," Linda Enerson, Mar. 19, 2014

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