philadelphia child custody laws | Pennsylvania Family Law Blog - The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
We often assume that a child is best left in the care of his or her parents. However, when one or both parents has a relatively small role in a child’s upbringing, and other relatives, such as grandparents, accept the task of raising the child, the best interests of the child need to be thoroughly taken into account, particularly when it comes to custody and visitation rights. According to Ohio’s Dayton Daily News, a family law case involving a young girl, her maternal grandparents, and her father illustrates how important it is that all details are carefully examined when it comes to providing a child with a healthy home environment.
Reportedly, after the 8-year-old’s mother passed away, her grandparents, whom the girl and her mother had already been living with, were contacted by the young girl’s father, who requested that visitation with his daughter resume. The girl’s grandparents obliged, but were soon blindsided when the girl’s father acquired a court order for his daughter to begin living with him and his new wife. After much debate, the girl’s grandparents were awarded visitation rights every other weekend. Read the rest »