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.