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October 2016 Archives

Birth certificate may not grant child custody

Although, marriage equality rights have increased in Pennsylvania, same-sex couples seeking parentage of their children still face many obstacles. While the names of both parents may appear on the birth certificate, there is no guarantee that LGBTQ parents possess parental rights. They may later face problems seeking child custody, making medical decisions and other important matters.

State Supreme Court limits grandparents' rights

In Pennsylvania, grandparents' rights to custody and visitation of their grandchildren are specific and limited. The state Supreme Court, in a recent decision, further undercut these rights when it ruled that part of the state's grandparent visitation law was unconstitutional. In D.P. v. G.D.P., the Court struck down the provision that gave grandparents the legal ability to sue for custody merely because the children's parents were separated for at least six months.