• In re: BEC

    Publication Date: 2021-04-12
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Lycoming County
    Judge: Judge McCoy
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0316

    The court granted a petition to involuntarily terminate father's parental rights to make way for adoption where father had demonstrated a settled purpose to relinquish parental claim to his child and "utterly failed" to perform his parental duties for at least six months prior to the filing of the petition. The court granted a petition to terminate father's parental rights.

  • Lawrence County Juvenile Probation v. Ferrante

    Publication Date: 2021-04-12
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Lawrence County
    Judge: Judge Motto
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0352

    A parent was not entitled to a reduction in his child support obligation because he was the victim of the child's criminal conduct. The court concluded that a support judgment in favor of the county probation department should be affirmed.

  • Rauch v. Berry

    Publication Date: 2021-04-05
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Lycoming County
    Judge: Judge Tira
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0318

    The paternal grandmother of the parties' minor children had standing to intervene in this custody matter where she had assumed the duties of the children's sole parent and had been discharging such duties partially since the children were born and solely since father's incarceration, demonstrating in loco parentis status. The court granted paternal grandmother's petition to intervene.

  • In re P.G.F.

    Publication Date: 2021-04-05
    Practice Area: Family Law
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Todd
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0370

    Superior court properly terminated appellant's parental rights where attorney appointed as both counsel and guardian ad litem for child did not expressly inquire into six year old's preferred outcome of the termination proceedings but attorney was able to fulfill her professional duties and act in both roles. Affirmed.

  • In re S.C.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-29
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Olson
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0339

    Trial court erred in denying termination of parental rights where infant had broken bones and other injuries and parents provided no plausible explanation for how injuries happened because trial court failed to consider the safety needs of child as well as the love, comfort, security and stability provided by grandparents and the importance of continuing child's relationship with grandparents. Vacated.

  • K.B. v. M.F.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-22
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0307

    Trial court abused discretion in adopting hearing officer's report recommending granting grandparent supervised physical custody where hearing officer failed to address statutory custody factors and denied parent's request to have children testify as to their wishes regarding grandparent's request. Order of the trial court vacated, case remanded.

  • In the Interest of M.R.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-15
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Bender
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0280

    Trial court erred in refusing to make a finding of child abuse and in admitting testimony of parent's expert because parents did not meet their burden of showing the medical community generally accepted the scientific methodology used by expert in reaching his conclusion that metabolic bone disease of infancy caused infants' fractures and court disagreed with trial court that publication proved that doctors and scientists in the medical field generally accepted parent's expert's scientific methodology as a means for concluding MBDI ca

  • In re: Adoption of A.H.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-15
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Kunselman
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0267

    The record supported a lower court order terminating mother's parental rights, pursuant to §2511(a)(2) of the Adoption Act, where her mental health disabilities rendered her incapable of parenting her minor son and mother refused to meaningfully treat those mental health conditions in order to remedy her parental incapacity. The superior court affirmed.

  • In the Interest of: J.B.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-15
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Panella
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0275

    Trial court erred in discharging dependency petition and transferring full custody to non-custodial parent without first holding evidentiary hearing to determine that prior custodial parent was unable to care for child. Order of the trial court vacated, case remanded.

  • In re: Private Complaint Filed by Ajaj

    Publication Date: 2021-03-08
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stabile
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 21-0256

    Trial court properly overturned commonwealth's disapproval of a private complaint lodged by father seeking charges against his wife for interference with custody and concealment of the whereabouts of a child because trial court did not abuse its discretion when it found commonwealth failed to advance sufficient policy reasons to support disapproval and in rejecting commonwealth's disapproval based on evidentiary issues. Affirmed.