Grandparent Custody Rights

Sections 5324 and 5325 of the Domestic Relations statute sets out the circumstances under which grandparents and great-grandparents may petition for custody/visitation. Section 5324 deals with partial custody or visitation and requires that at least one of three conditions be met: (1) a parent of the child is deceased; (2) the parents of the child […]

What to do after adoption

After your adoption hearing, you can take steps to update your child’s name and/or birth certificate, where necessary. To obtain a new birth certificate you will need to submit a request through Vital Records in the state that issued the initial birth certificate. If outside of Pennsylvania, check with the local office regarding their specific […]

Timeline for Kinship Adoption

The rights of the other biological parent will need to be terminated in connection with any adoption. Their parental rights can be terminated voluntarily or involuntarily. With voluntary termination the other natural parent will sign a consent to the adoption which is subsequently attached to the Petition for Adoption. There must be at least thirty […]

Role of Adoptee

In Pennsylvania any individual may be adopted regardless of their age or residence. Additionally, any individual may become an adopting parent. Consent of the adoptee is required in all instances where the adoptee is twelve years of age or older. The prospective parent(s) must obtain certain clearances whenever the adoptee is a minor. The adoptee […]

Reporting as Guardian

The court may appoint a guardian for a person or for an estate. If appointed as a guardian, there are annual reporting requirements to comply with. The report of a guardian should be submitted to the county orphans’ court. The report for guardian of an estate will include sections regarding any income, expenses or assets […]

Guardianship Changes

Guardianship of an incapacitated person refers to the authority to make decisions on behalf of an adult individual who has been adjudicated as such by the court. The standard for incapacity involves an analysis of whether the individual can manage their financial resources and/or meet essential requirements for their own health and safety. The first […]