Nationwide, 2.7 million grandparents are raising grandchildren, according to census data. In Pennsylvania, there are many different directions grandparents can take to gain custody of their grandchildren.
According to Pennsylvania state code, grandparents and great-grandparents may file an action for partial physical custody or supervised physical custody when the parent of the child is deceased, when the parents of the child have been separated for a period of at least six months or have commenced and continued a proceeding to dissolve their union, or when the child has, for a period of at least 12 consecutive months resided with the grandparent. 23 Pa. C.S.A. § 5324
There are other situations where a grandparent can be awarded custody of their grandchild. In situations where a grandchild is in a dangerous environment, a grandparent or great-grandparent can file for primary custody of the child and obtain both legal and physical custody rights.
As a grandparent, if you are seeking to obtain custody or visitation of your grandchild or grandchildren, call our office to speak to an attorney today. Our skilled experienced lawyers eagerly await the opportunity to assist you with your journey into grandparenthood!