My ex an I had 50/50 custody until recently, because they pushed this. Now that he signed over primary custody to me, his mother is going in under grandparents rights... and his step father is trying to get loco parentis. I need as much information as possible to see what the requirements are and how to fight this. Both my ex an I are pro se. Thank you so very much.
Family Law Attorney
look up loca parentis Penssylvania and you should get the answers
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Family Law Attorney
First, it is "In Loco Parentis", and there is no actual statute. You will need to look at case law, since the idea of "in loco parentis" is a legal theory, upheld by case law. Grandparent standing is governed by 23 Pa.C.S.A. §5324 and 5325. My suggestion? Get a lawyer.
Second, the step father likely would not need "in loco parentis" standing since he is a grandparent. Blood related or not, he is in the same position as would be the actual paternal grandfather. If, however, the father's parents were divorced, that may change my answer.
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
Here's the link to the statutory law. You'll have to search the internet for the case law or, as Mr. Koense suggested, retain an experienced family law attorney to do it for you.
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