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New Child Custody Law Opens Door a Bit for Grandparents, Third Parties

On July 4, a change to the child custody laws in Pennsylvania is set to impact standing for grandparents and third parties. Historically, grandparents have been given an elevated status with regard to child custody matters. Normally, only parents or people acting as parents (in loco parentis) are individuals who may seek custody of a child. Howeve...

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New PA Law Clarifies When Grandparents Can Seek Custody

The Pennsylvania legislature recently passed a bill that expands who can request custody of a child.  The law clarifies when grandparents can seek custody of their grandchild.  It also addresses who can request custody of a minor child when the parents of that child cannot be located.  Continue Reading

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Take Three: In Loco Parentis Revisited for Third Time in a Year

In what is becoming one of the hottest topics in Pennsylvania Child Custody Law, in loco parentis took center stage before the Superior Court in the recent case of MJS v. BB v. BB, ___ A.3d ___, 2017 Pa. Super 327 (Oct. 17). This case is one of three cases to address in loco parentis status by a litigant in a child custody case recently. The r...

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Can a Person Who is Not the Parent of the Child Seek Custody?

Pennsylvania child custody attorney, Michael E. Bertin, discusses third party custody.

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What Happens to the Youngest Victim of the San Bernardino Shooting?

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, while a holiday office party was taking place at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, dressed in masks and body armor, entered the facility with assault weapons and started to fire upon the unsuspecting participants. At approximately 11:00 a.m., fourtee...

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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in New Jersey?

When parents choose to separate, it is often a difficult decision that greatly affects not only the adults but also the children involved. All of the changes that will need to be made may prove to be traumatic, particularly for younger children. Still, it is important for parents to be mindful of their children’s feelings and concerns -- all while trying to maintain as much normalcy as possible.

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Grandparent Custody Rights in Pennsylvania

  In Pennsylvania, grandparents and great-grandparents have physical custody rights surrounding their grandchildren.  In rare circumstances, grandparents can request and win primary physical custody of their grandchildren.  This is not common, but if the grandparent can overcome any objections toward “standing,” wh...

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