Media Family Lawyers Assert Grandparents’ Rights to Custody and Visitation
Delaware County attorneys help families maintain strong bonds
No family relationship is quite like the one between grandparents and grandchildren. Unfortunately, even when close bonds exist, grandparents can find themselves excluded from the lives of the young people who mean so much to them. At the Varga Law Offices in Media, we have decades of experience assisting Delaware County clients in family law matters, using honest counsel and effective legal action to improve their lives. If a divorce, distant move or death has affected your ability to see your grandchild, our attorneys will outline your options and create a plan tailored to your particular situation. Likewise, we also advocate for grandparents in circumstances where they believe that custody should be adjusted because parents are not fulfilling their basic obligations. Whatever your concern might be, we work tirelessly to bridge the gaps that keep grandparents and grandchildren apart.
Grandparents can obtain custody or visitation rights under Pennsylvania law
For many years, grandparents had no legal support if they were being prevented from seeing their grandchildren. Now that these rights exist, our firm assists grandparents who face these issues and want to pursue the following:
- Primary Physical Custody or Legal Custody — Sometimes, grandparents are the first to recognize that parents are not capable of providing a safe, supportive home for their children. In these cases, we’ll evaluate the factors that courts use to determine standing and press for a custody arrangement that is in the child’s best interests. Where a parent is unable to make sound decisions on behalf of their child due to incapacity, substance abuse or some other factor, our firm can also seek an order granting legal custody to grandparents.
- Partial Physical Custody or Supervised Visitation — Grandparents who seek to spend time with their grandchildren can pursue relief under Pennsylvania law in certain scenarios. Pennsylvania courts will hear these cases when the child’s parent is no longer in the child’s home due to death or divorce proceedings, as well as, when the child has, for a period of at least 12 consecutive months, resided with the grandparent or great grandparent and is then removed from that home by the parents.
In many cases, skillful negotiation can resolve differences between family members. Wherever possible, we look to settle these disputes in order to avoid unnecessary stress and expense. However, if the parties cannot agree on terms relating to grandparents’ rights, we are always ready to go to court.
Contact a skillful Pennsylvania grandparents’ rights lawyer to schedule a meeting
The Varga Law Offices represents Delaware County clients in cases involving grandparents’ rights and other family law issues. Please call 610.892.9909 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our office in Media.