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We Help Grandparents Protect Their Rights to Visit or Care for a Child

Following a separation, divorce, or other change in circumstances, grandparents might need the help of a lawyer to protect their visitation or custody rights. While the constitution protects parents' rights to make decisions on behalf of their children, grandparents' rights are determined by the state. Recently, Pennsylvania expanded its limitations on who can request custody of a child and created clearer regulations for when grandparents rights are given priority. 

Attorney Robert Katzenstein can evaluate your unique situation and build a compelling case that shows that grandparent's rights are in the best interests of a child. He works hard to ensure that a fair, positive resolution is achieved for the grandparents, parents, and children. To discuss the details of your case with Mr. Katzenstein at his Holland, PA, office, request a consultation online or call the firm at (215) 322-3400. 

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An attorney can establish why visitation or custody is in the grandchild's best interests.

Grandparents' Rights in Pennsylvania 

Although the state always tries to grant custody to one or both parents first, there are some unique circumstances that might encourage a grandparent to seek custody. A new law addressing custody and visitation rights was passed in 2018. Pennsylvania's Grandparent Visitation Act allows grandparents to seek visitation or partial custody when:

  • There is an abusive or negligent parent 
  • A positive relationship between the grandparent and the child was set forth by the parent 
  • The child has lived with the grandparent for a year 
  • The parents cannot be located 
  • One or both of the child's parents are deceased 
  • The parents are divorced or have been separated for a minimum of six months 
  • The child is under 18 years old 

Honoring the Child's Best Interests

As with any type of custody or visitation rights, the proposal must serve the child's best interests and should not interrupt the relationship between the parent and the child. 

Mr. Katzenstein can examine your sensitive case and help you find a fair, positive resolution that serves the best interests of all parties involved. 

The court will determine whether grandparent custody is in the child's best interests by looking at the relationship that the child had with the grandparent prior to the petition, as well as confirming that grandparent custody would best serve the child's needs. 

Why You Need a Lawyer 

Because grandparents are an important part of a child's and parent's lives, they may be entitled to certain rights under state law, including: 

  • Visitation
  • Partial custody
  • Full child custody

The legalities surrounding grandparents' rights have recently changed, so you need a lawyer who is knowledgeable in this area and can accurately determine whether you have a case. Mr. Katzenstein listens closely to his clients' unique goals, answers their questions and concerns, and provides honest representation. He can also assist with all other aspects of family law outside of grandparents' rights. 

Learn More about Your Rights 

As a grandparent, the state protects your rights to visitation or custody. Mr. Katzenstein can examine your sensitive case and help you find a fair, positive resolution that serves the best interests of all parties involved. To discuss the details of your case our firm, contact our office at (215) 322-3400 or request a consultation online

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Holland, PA 18966

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