Grandparents' Rights

The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is special. Sadly, there are times when that relationship is in jeopardy of being lost. For great-grandparents and grandparents, it's important to know that there are situations in which you may have custody rights to a grandchild.

What Are My Rights As a Grandparent?

Provided that a contact with a grandchild is in that child's best interest and does not interfere with the parent-child relationship, grandparents and great grandparents may have the right to exercise their rights to custody of their grandchildren in the following limited situations:

  • Divorce or separation — When a grandchild's parents have been separate or divorced for at least six months, grandparents may find themselves shut out of a grandchild's life. In these cases, grandparents may have the right to pursue legal action to remain part of a grandchild's life.
  • One parent is deceased In these cases, the remaining parent may reject or neglect the rights of the deceased parent's family.
  • Grandparents assumed caretaker role — In cases where, after caring for a grandchild for 12 or more months, a parent re-enters the picture and removes the child, grandparents may choose to take legal action.

At Deborah Zitomer Esquire, LLC, we understand the important role that grandparents often play in a child's life. For nearly 30 years, we have worked to help grandparents preserve their rights to see a grandchild and continue to be a part of his or her life.

To speak to Deborah Zitomer about steps you can take to preserve your grandparent rights, call 610-879-8473 or send a message though our online contact form.