Grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren's lives and the larger family dynamic. In the best case scenario, grandparents have consistent access to their grandchildren, with the parents' blessing, and are able to develop close, positive relationships with them. However, best case scenario doesn't happen all the time, and there are times when grandparents may find themselves facing an uphill battle trying to get access to their grandchildren. If you are currently dealing with this type of scenario, you may be able to file for custody in the family courts, but you need to be aware of what that entails.
Situations when a grandparent may be able to file for custody
Like many other states, the Pennsylvania courts have set up specific guidelines for when a grandparent has grounds to petition the courts for physical custody, sometimes referred to as visitation, or legal custody. One of the following situations must be present: