Our grandson was adopted by his stepdad (our ex daughter in laws new husband).Our son the grandsons real father died. I wanted to know if we were still considered legal grandparents and still had grandparents rights.Our grandson is 10 years old.
Since your grandchildren were adopted by a stepparent, your rights as a grandparent to your grandchildren were not automatically terminated under Pennsylvania law. You probably have standing to seek partial custody or visitation rights because of the death of your son who is the natural father of the children. Whether or not a court is willing grant you such rights will depend on the particular circumstances of your case. The law regarding grandparents right to custody changed in May of this year and I recommend that you consult with an attorney who is familiar with custody cases to help you evaluate your chances of gaining partial custody or visitation rights with your grandchildren.
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