Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rendered a decision that will significantly impact grandparents attempting to obtain custody of their grandchildren during a marital separation.
Becoming a grandparent can completely change a person's outlook on life. These little bundles of joy can make even the roughest and toughest personality soft and loving. Grandparents often go out of their way, bending over backward, to spoil their grandchildren rotten, and along the way, they create a strong and lasting bond. Unfortunately, there are circumstances that may cause these relationships to become fractured.
In most households, children are raised by one or two parents. Divorces, remarriages, job transfers, and all kinds of other situations can complicate things, but direct parents are usually the ones who take care of kids.
As recently as 10 years ago, if you were a grandparent in Pennsylvania and wanted to gain custody of your grandchildren for their own good, it was much simpler to do so. Family bloodlines and the existing family relationship were usually enough to allow grandparents to take custody of grandchildren if it was clear that their current parental situation was harmful.
Pennsylvania families often face challenging times throughout their lives, and one of the most challenging is certainly when a divorce has occurred and custody issues have arisen. Parents often let their emotions get the better of them in these situations and instead of trying to keep the best interests of children in mind, arguments can easily ensue.