By Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC posted in Granparent's Custody Rights on Friday, July 19, 2013
A grandparent now includes those who become grandparents through adoption in addition to biological grandparents.
By ** Attorney Alyssa H. Knisely**, Grandparents' Rights Attorney, Harrisburg, PA
Historically, grandparents have not been viewed by courts as having rights independent of those of their children with respect to the adoption process. The courts have traditionally only recognized the natural parents as the only parties having a legally cognizable interest in the adoption of their children. However, this area of the law is ever-evolving. Grandparents' rights have been expanding rapidly in the past several years.
As I have pointed out in several past blogs, the rights of grandparents have increased, both through legislation and court precedence. For instance:
It also includes a grandparent that becomes one only through adoption.
In Little-Stepp v. Cancilla, 896 A.2d 647 (Pa.Super. 2006), the Court determined that a legal grandparent of an adopted child is accorded the same rights toward their child's adopted children as a grandparent by blood. Courts have even expanded this range to include aunts and uncles. See In re Adoption of J.E.F., 902 A.2d 402 (Pa.Super. 2006).
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