When a parent dies or divorces, grandparents may find themselves abruptly cut off from seeing their grandchildren. Under Pennsylvania law, grandparents can petition for partial custody (visitation rights) or even primary custody. At Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC, we are sympathetic to the plight of grandparents who have been suddenly and unreasonably denied access. We are experienced family law lawyers with two convenient offices in Norristown and Philadelphia who can convince the court that you should have regular visits or custody of the child.
To speak with one of our experienced lawyers, call our office at (610) 365-4733 today.
Asserting Grandparents’ Custody Rights
Perhaps you provided day care on a regular basis. Perhaps you were seeing your grandchildren every other weekend. Perhaps the grandchild lived with you for a time, but the parents have resumed their roles. If you are now deprived of that relationship, your grandchildren are no doubt missing you too.
Common factors a court considers when determining whether to grant grandparent custody or not are:
- The child’s emotional and physical wellbeing
- The relationship between the child and their grandparents
- The child’s preference
- The impact a separation would have on the child
- The emotional and physical health of the grandparents
- The monthly income of the grandparents (if seeking custody)
We have helped grandparents successfully petition the court for partial custody to establish a regular visitation schedule. We have also represented grandparents in asserting primary custody when the grandchild has been abandoned, abused, neglected or endangered by the parent(s). Grandparents also have standing to file for emergency custody when they have been denied access for no reason.
Custody Disputes Between Parents & Grandparents
If you are estranged from your child and are hoping to establish a relationship with your grandchild, the court may not grant this request. This is because the state believes the parents of a child have a right to determine how they would like to raise their child. However, if you can show evidence that you have been a part of the child's life, we can get you on the docket and fight for your grandparents' rights in contested custody proceedings.
Advocating for Your Rights
If you are seeking custody or visitation of your grandchildren, reach out to our Montgomery County grandparents' rights lawyers today. We will help you present your case to the court and strongly litigate your position.
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