The Pennsylvania custody statute does not define "in loco parentis," but Pennsylvania courts have found a person to stand in loco parentis to a child when they have taken on parental responsibilities and duties, with the consent of the biological parent. For example, in T.B. v. L.R.M., 753 A.2d 873 (Pa. 2001), the court implied that in loco parentis standing is granted for the benefit of the child, stating that if a "child has established strong psychological bonds with a person" that the child views that person with "a stature like that of a parent," the third party is provided "the opportunity to litigate fully the issue of whether that relationship should be maintained, even over a natural parent's objections."
Obtaining a divorce in Pennsylvania if you are a member of the military is no more complicated than if you were obtaining a divorce as a civilian. The complexity of any divorce case is based upon how complex the legal issues in any given case may be; whether custody issues will have to be considered, whether one of the spouses owns a business, what kind of marital assets and property there may be, and so forth.
In 2003, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a set of procedures known as the "Assisted Conception Birth Registration". It is a set of procedures for the issuing of birth certificates for children conceived through assisted reproduction that lists the intended parents as the child's parents (rather than a surrogate). The procedure is an alternate method to adoption that allows the intended parents to establish legal parentage.
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates is excited and proud to announce that our law clerk, Alexandra E. Cabonor, a May 2015 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, has passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth!
By: Lisa Marie Vari
The Supreme Court released another opinion in which the Justices unanimously voted that it is illegal to have 35 foot "buffer zones" around abortion clinics. The decision refers to a Massachusetts law that required protesters to be at least 35 feet away from the entrance to any abortion clinics. Massachusetts, however, is not the only state affected by the ruling. Several states across the country had similar laws, which have all been overturned by this ruling.
Sunday, June 15, 2014, was a very special day for some same-sex couples in Pittsburgh. Mayor Bill Peduto presided over several same-sex marriages downtown. Sunday was also PrideFest in Pittsburgh, so these marriages were met with a huge celebration. Some of the couples who were married even rode on floats in the Pride Parade. The Mayor wanted to be a part of the annual Pride celebration in Pittsburgh, and certainly found a memorial way to participate in the weekend.
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