Grandparents often want to be an active part in the lives of their grandchildren. However, in Pennsylvania, if a child's parents live together under the same roof and the child has never lived with the grandparent, the grandparent may not have visitation rights. There are, however, certain conditions under which a grandparent may ask for visitation rights.
In Pennsylvania, as well as across the entire United States, a parent may not be able to take care of the child for one reason or another. This could be because of illness, divorce or substance abuse. Under those circumstances, in the best interest of the child, a grandparent may have to raise the child. The visitation rights of grandparents must be validated by the court. If it has to be proved in court, that grandparent, as a family member, is the best person to take care of the child. However, the grandparent will need a solid argument to prove the case in a Pennsylvania court, and for that, the elderly family member may find the support of an experienced attorney very helpful.
Pennsylvania residents may agree that a military service member is likely to face challenges in a marriage. Long-term deployment in the military, and the time away from family often leads to a divorce. If children are involved, the Pennsylvania court award child custody to the parent who is not a military service member. If the parent who has custody of the child wishes to modify the order in the absence of the military parent, the parent cannot do so.
According to reports, domestic violence against women is increasing in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. In order to curb domestic violence, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed in 1994. Subsequently, changes were made to the act in 1996. VAWA then established grants to prevent domestic violence, and a domestic violence hotline was set up. VAWA has now been passed by 47 states, including Pennsylvania.