Pennsylvania Grandparent’s Rights

Grandparent Rights to Visitation: Visitation may be granted when at least one of the parents of the child is deceased, when the parents’ marriage is dissolved or the parents have been separated for six months or more, or when the child has resided with the grandparents for twelve months or more and is subsequently removed from the home by his parents. The court must find that the visitation is in the best interest of the child and will not interfere with the parent-child relationship and must consider the amount of personal contact between the child and the grandparent prior to the application. Title 23, Section 5311 (23 Pa.C.S.A. 5311 et seq.).

When Adoption Occurs: Visitation rights terminate unless the child is adopted by either a stepparent or grandparents.

Child Custody Statutes: Best interest of child based upon which party is more likely to encourage and allow frequent and continuing contact with the other parent. 23 Pa.C.S.A. 5300 et seq.

Parents May Choose: Yes

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