Update to Standing in Child Custody Cases:

Posted by on 05.18.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on Update to Standing in Child Custody Cases:

In response to both the opioid crisis and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling which limited grandparents’ standing in custody cases, the legislature has responded. Effective July 3, 2018, the custody statute will be amended to address standing for grandparents and other third parties. The new rule extends who has standing to bring a physical or legal custody action to include any individual who is responsible for the child, has a “sustained, substantial interest” in the child’s welfare, AND the child is not in the care of either parent. The new rule also expands the rights of grandparents and great-grandparents and allows them to file for partial or supervised physical custody in situations where there is an existing relationship with the children, the parents have filed custody proceedings and they are not in agreement the grandparents or great-grandparents should have custody.

For more information please contact Donna Marcus at 610.278.1502 or dmarcus@wglaw.com

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