Do grandparents have rights when parental rights were taken away?

Janet - posted on 08/03/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




I am in the process of adopting my step son. His biological mothers rights were terminated by the court beginning of July. Now the maternal grandmother is trying to take us to court for visitation. We live in PA. Can she do this? She hasn't had constant contact with the child since he was removed from their hom 2 1/2 years ago. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!


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BestMomma - posted on 12/28/2012




I imagine it would depend on the state - in my state the grandparents would only have rights if they requested through the courts (and emphasis on through the courts!) for visitation prior to the adoption being finalized. so in your situation - in my state if they petitioned the court after the adoption was already finalized, then they absolutely have NO rights.

Casey - posted on 09/13/2012




OK I have a question I adopted my stepson everything was final aug1 his mother signed her rights over and everything but her mother his grandmother wants us to allow him to stay some weekends with her, but she is just as crazy as her daughter and we are scared she will tell him things and let him go see his birth mom because it's her daughter since legally now that's just his birth grandmother does the grandma have any rights to him??

Kelina - posted on 08/03/2012




yes she can. Just because his mothers rights have been taken away that doesn't mean he isn't still her grandson. is there any particular reason you don't want him seeing her?

Sherri - posted on 08/03/2012




Yes she can it is called grandparents rights....the courts may grant them visitation. It truly depends on all the details, the judge and what they deem to be best for the child.

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