Grandparents' Rights in Pennsylvania
Grandparents’ rights vary from state to state. Grandparent's rights in Pennsylvania can be grouped into three areas: primary physical custody, partial physical custody, and supervised physical custody.
Primary Physical Custody
Under some circumstances, grandparents can be awarded primary physical custody, especially if they have acted in the place of the parent or if the child is substantially at risk due to parental abuse, neglect, drug or alcohol abuse, or incapacity. Grandparents can also be eligible for custody if the child has resided with grandparents for twelve consecutive months, excluding brief temporary absences of the child from the home. In these cases, the action must be filed within six months after the removal of the child from the home. Click here to contact an experienced grandparents' rights attorney from The Law Offices of Going and Plank. Our Lancaster custody lawyer will evaluate your case and pursue custody when appropriate.
Partial Physical Custody
When grandparents are awarded partial physical custody, they are allowed to take their grandchildren for specified periods of time. As with other types of shared custody, grandparents will agree on a regular custody schedule, and both grandparents and parents or guardians are obligated to honor that schedule. A grandparents’ rights lawyer from Going and Plank can help you through the process and negotiations. Click here to contact us to help you find a solution that is most appropriate for your grandchildren.
Supervised Physical Custody
In some cases, grandparents are granted regular visitation, but this custodial time must be supervised by an agency, parent, or adult designated by the court. The experienced lawyers at Going and Plank can help obtain supervised physical custody for grandparents, or help you enforce it. Click here to contact us now.
Pennsylvania Grandparents: Know Your Rights
Pennsylvania law recognizes the vital role grandparents can play in keeping their grandchildren safe, healthy, and mentally centered. If you’re concerned about your grandchildren and want to keep them well by expanding your role in their lives, contact us to speak with a grandparents' rights attorney from Going and Plank today.