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Child Custody Changes – Grandparent’s Rights in Pennsylvania

The law regarding standing for Grandparents to seek custody in Pennsylvania has changed recently in a more expansive direction.  Standing is the legal term for a grandparent’s ability to file for custody rights through the court system.  In other words, standing is not conferred automatically on grandparents.  However, grandparents can now file seek custody if they meet the following requirements: (1) that the individual has assumed or is willing to assume responsibility for the child; (2) that the individual has a “sustained, substantial and sincere interest in the welfare of the child”; and (3) neither parent has any form of care and control of the child.

It is important to note, that this is not the only time that grandparents can seek custody.  Rather, it a new change to the law that provides another scenario or set of circumstances where grandparents can seek custody.