The extent of grandparents’ rights to child custody and visitation varies from state to state. If you are a grandparent that wants custody of a child or visitation rights in Bucks County, including Doylestown and Newtown, it is important to understand the child custody laws in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys handle hundreds of child custody cases in Doylestown and other parts of Bucks County every year where grandparents want to assert their rights to see their grandchildren or simply are put in situations where they have to take over caring for of minor children.
Grandparents often seek additional visitation time or custody when they feel a parent is not fit to care properly for the physical and emotional needs of a child. We understand the human and family dynamics that can be involved in such matters. Under the Custody and Grandparents’ Visitation Act in Pennsylvania, a grandparent can seek visitation in situations where the parents are unmarried, divorced or have been separated for six months, or if the child has already lived with grandparents for twelve months or more. We take time to understand the issues, communicate with the parties involved and seek an amicable resolution that will protect children and – to the best extent possible – preserve the bonds of family unity. In some cases, it is necessary to take a case to court and argue the disputed issues before a judge. Should this become necessary, our attorneys are always well prepared to advocate effectively and passionately for the interests of our clients.