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By litvinovlaw77529470, Jul 20 2018 03:59PM



On July 18, 2018 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania entered a unanimous opinion overturning a termination of parental rights for a client represented by the Litvinov Law Firm, LLC.

Attorney Igor Litvinov represented a mother whose parental rights were terminated by the Berks County Orphan's Court on a motion filed by the Berks County Children and Youth Services.

On appeal, Attorney Litvinov argued that the trial court erred by admitting a great number of exhibits without permitting defense to cross examine their authors.

The Superior Court agreed with the trial judge and upheld the termination of parental rights. Attorney Litvinov appealed the case to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court granted a rare chance for review.

Briefs were submitted by all sides and oral argument was held. After a painstaking and thorough review the Supreme Court agreed with Attorney Litvinov's argument.

The Supreme Court over turned the termination of Mother's parental rights and remanded the case for a new hearing. Justice Donohue, writing for the Court, stated that “the right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of one's children is one of the oldest fundamental rights protected by the Due Process Clause.” The Supreme Court reiterated well recognized precedent that a decision to terminate parental rights must be based solely on competent (i.e., properly submitted) evidence.

Attorney Litvinov is proud to have successfully argued the Mother's case in front of the highest court in Pennsylvania.

By litvinovlaw77529470, May 14 2018 03:37PM

A bill that expands the legal standing for third-party individuals seeking to gain custody in cases where no biological or adoptive parent has care and control of the child was signed into law on May 4, 2018, and becomes effective on July 3, 2018.

This law gives legal standing to people who are sincerely concerned for a child such as grandparents or other close relatives, but do not meet the current legal standard to bring a custody action.

Under Act 21, third parties can file for legal custody in cases where the parents are deceased or absent, if they can show that they have a sustained, substantial and sincere interest in the welfare of the child.

This bill provides a broader standard for bringing a custody action for those persons who may already be taking care of the child in question but could not bring suit prior due to a more stringent standing requirements of Pennsylvania laws.

By litvinovlaw77529470, May 11 2018 06:30PM

On March 6, 2018, Attorney Igor Litvinov had oral argument in front of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

It was an honor to argue an appeal case before the Supreme Court Justices in my home town of Philadelphia.

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