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My Son and his girlfriend have refused for me to see my

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8month grandson. Do I...
My Son and his girlfriend have refused for me to see my 8month grandson. Do I have any rights as a grandparent in PA?
JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: FamilyAnswer, Lawyer replied 10 months ago

Yes, grandparents do have rights in certain situations.

According to the Pennsylvania Custody and Grandparents' Visitation Act, grandparents may petition a court for partial custody and visitation under specific circumstances:

  • Upon the death of a birth parent
  • When parents are divorced or have been separated for six months or more
  • When a child has resided with a grandparent for 12 months or more, followed by the child being removed by a parent

In each of these instances, a court will try to determine what situation will be best for the child and what will best serve the child for his or her future. Before a court will award visitation or custody, however, many factors are taken into account including:

  • The child's emotional, physical and emotional well-being
  • The past relationship between the child and his or her grandparents
  • The child's preferences (if applicable based on age)
  • The potential impact on a child's social and intellectual growth (schooling and extracurricular activities)
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