In a divorce, children can be left groping for answers as they transition from living with their parents to staying in a single-parent household. However, as divorced parents sort out their differences and children are seemingly left in the dark, grandparents are making the decision to help everyone, especially their grandchildren.
Parenting can be difficult. There are times when Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, parents are deemed unfit and the child's needs, as well as their overall well-being, are compromised. In many cases, as complicated as it may seem, grandparents take the responsibility for the unfit parents.
In Pennsylvania and in states across the United States, any discussion about the custody of children focuses on their best interests. This mostly happens in divorce cases, but increasingly grandparents are having to consider those interests because they are stepping up when their children are deemed unfit parents or are otherwise incapable of raising their grandchildren.
Taking care of children is challenging and, at the same time, fulfilling, here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That may be the reason why the number of grandparents who look after their grandchildren is increasing. There are also other reasons why this shift is happening. Divorce, unplanned pregnancy and early parenthood, imprisonment and substance abuse are some of the common reasons why parents cannot take care of their children, which, in turn, can make the grandparents amenable to taking on parenting responsibilities.
Today, Philadelphia residents are aware that the roles of grandparents have changed. They are more attached to their grandchildren and some of them even step up in child custody disputes by exercising their grandparents' rights. Child custody disputes are sometimes settled by awarding visitation rights for grandparents, who have forged an unbreakable bond with their grandchildren.