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What are my rights as a grandparent in Pennsylvania?

If you are a grandparent in Pennsylvania that is struggling to successfully visit your grandchildren, it can be a frustrating and heartbreaking situation to be in. You may even find yourself fearing for their welfare or safety, feeling powerless to do anything.

The important thing to remember is that you have the right to inform the authorities if you have a genuine reason to be concerned about the safety of your grandchildren. If you want to have visitation rights in the state of Pennsylvania, this can also be possible.

How can I win visitation rights as a grandparent in Pennsylvania?

In order to gain custody in the form of visitation in the state of Pennsylvania, you must be able to show that you meet the specific criteria the state has in place. This is because a grandparent in Pennsylvania can only file for visitation if their own child, the parent of the grandchild in question, has passed away, or if the two parents of the child are separated or are in the process of filing for divorce.

Can this strict law be challenged?

If you are in a situation where you are estranged with your own child but you want to have a relationship with your grandchild, this law may seem very unfair. However, it is based upon the premise that the parent of a child has a right to do what he or she believes is best for him or her. In spite of this, the law has been successfully challenged in the past.

If you are a grandparent in Pennsylvania and want to have visitation with your child, an attorney can provide you with more information about the process.

Source: The Spruce, "Pennsylvania Grandparents' Rights," accessed April 06, 2018

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