Bucks County Grandparent Rights Attorney
Grandparents' Rights to Custody and Visitation in Pennsylvania
Are you a grandparent who wants custody or visitation of your grandchild?
Are you a parent who thinks that it is not in your child's best interest to have court-ordered visitation with his or her grandparents? Is a grandparent seeking custody of your child against your wishes?
If you want grandparent custody or visitation rights (or if you think that grandparent visitation or custody is not in your child's best interest), we can help. Call one of our Bucks County offices, or contact us online to schedule a daytime or evening appointment with family law attorney Carla V. Risoldi at our offices in New Hope or Langhorne.
Pennsylvania formally recognizes grandparents' rights to seek visitation, partial custody or primary physical custody of their grandchildren. In order to win a motion for custody or visitation, the grandparent must show that the custody or visitation would be in the best interest of the child and would not interfere with the parent-child relationship.
Grandparents sometimes find themselves cut off from their grandchildren after a divorce or the death of their adult child, the children's parent. The custodial parent may refuse to honor the other spouse's parents' right to spend time with the children. In other circumstances, grandparents may have stepped in to care for their grandchildren because the parents weren't able to or refused to do so. In these types of circumstances, prohibiting contact between the children and grandparents can be harmful to the child.
While the law regarding grandparent rights is still evolving in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the nation, family court judges will usually sign a grandparent visitation order if they find it is in the child's best interests.
Parents who oppose grandparent rights often argue that giving a grandparent custody or visitation rights is an unconstitutional interference with their rights as parents. In many cases, grandparents and parents can work together to resolve a dispute over grandparent rights through mediation.
With nearly 23 years of experience, family law attorney Carla V. Risoldi can explain your rights as a grandparent or parent and advocate for your interests in a dispute over grandparent rights.
Two Convenient Office Locations in Bucks County
Langhorne: 215-741-3700 | New Hope: 215-862-1900
Serving Clients in Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Berks, Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania and beyond and throughout New Jersey
For answers to your questions about child relocation and changes of custody after divorce, please call or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our family lawyer.