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Michael Bertin, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel

On July 4, a change to the child custody laws in Pennsylvania is set to impact standing for grandparents and third parties. Historically, grandparents have been given an elevated status with regard to child custody matters. Normally, only parents or people acting as parents (in loco parentis) are individuals who may seek custody of a child. However, because of the elevated status given to grandparents, they are a special group of people who can also seek custody even if they do not stand in loco parentis. This special treatment given to grandparents predates the current Child Custody Act which went into effect in 2012 as well as the act that preceded it.

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