Child Custody For Grandparents

Grandparents often have a loving, strong bond with their grandchildren and sometimes encounter a situation when they want to seek legal or physical custody of their grandchildren. The circumstances under which these situations arise are unique to each family. The relevant laws in Pennsylvania allow for grandparent custody in certain situations and our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you understand the law and file for grandparent custody.

At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, we can guide you through the process of doing what is in the best interests of your grandchild in a custody setting. We serve clients in Montgomery County and Bucks County and throughout the Delaware Valley.

Should You Seek Legal Custody Of Your Grandchild?

Children can get caught in the middle when something happens to their parents. If one or both parents die, or if there is divorce or separation, you as a grandparent may want or need to get involved — or more involved than you are — in raising the child and seeking legal custody or physical custody.

Under the laws of Pennsylvania, grandparents have the ability to seek legal or physical custody of their grandchildren when certain specific conditions are established. One example is when a grandparent stands in loco parentis to the child, which means the grandparent assumed parental status and performed parental duties with the consent of the parents.

Grandparents may also seek partial physical custody of their grandchildren in the following situations:

  • Death of a parent
  • Separation of the parents for at least six months
  • Residence of the child with the grandparents for at least 12 consecutive months and the child is then removed from the grandparents' home by the parents

It is important to note that in any custody proceeding between a parent of a child and a nonparent, including grandparents, there is a presumption that custody shall be awarded to the parents. However, the attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford have extensive experience in presenting clear and convincing evidence to rebut this presumption.

There are numerous factors that courts consider in determining whether to grant a custody petition by a grandparent. Our lawyers can help you put your best foot forward in making your case of custody.

Enlisting Assistance From A Proven Law Firm

Our law firm has a proven record of skilled advocacy and client service in custody cases. To schedule a confidential consultation about your particular concerns, give us a call at 215-822-7575 or 800-358-9367. Or, if you prefer, complete our online form.