Obtaining Custody as a Grandparent
To grant full custody, partial custody, supervised custody, or even visitation with a grandchild in the aforementioned instances, the court will assess several factors regarding the best interests of the child and his or her future. As a result, it is important to set forth a persuasive case that takes these factors into consideration, including:
- The child's physical and emotional well-being
- The existing relationship between the child and his or her grandparents
- The child’s preference, if applicable based on age
- The potential impacts on the child’s social and intellectual growth
Third-Party Custody Rights
Other significant parental figures such as stepparents can also establish custody arrangements with children. Despite his or her lack of legal-parent status, stepparents’ custody rights in the state of Pennsylvania are similar to that of a grandparent when in loco parentis is established. As with any child custody matter, the key to success is having a persuasive case that underscores the best interests of the child.
For more information on your custodial rights as a grandparent, stepparent or other third party, contact our Bucks County and Montgomery County law offices today to speak with an experienced family law attorney. We will help you understand your rights and all of the options available to you to ensure that children are protected and cared for if and when unfortunate circumstances arise.