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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My daughter was picking up this weekend from her fathers dad. He was passed out intoxicated- can I withhold her from him

Police were called and ambulance.

Daughter had to let me in she was crying and upset.

Penelope A. Boyd
Penelope A. Boyd answered on Mar 10, 2019

This is a concerning situation. If I understand the question, your daughter was not with her father but with her grandfather. If you and the father cannot agree to something that keeps your child in a safe environment, then you could consider seeking modification of the existing order.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: My fiancé’s ex is threatening to take him to court for full custody unless he signs over his rights. Can she do this?

My fiancé’s ex wife constantly denies him visitation with his daughter. She claims that he neglected her when she was 3 months old, but she never pursued a child neglect or abuse case. Can she threaten him to sign over his rights?

Penelope A. Boyd
Penelope A. Boyd answered on Mar 3, 2019

People threaten each other often in custody matters. It does not necessarily mean a court will agree with them. But your fiancé should consult an attorney, find out his options and make his own decision. You should not be doing it for him.

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have a 17 year old brother who is abusive and completely refuses to listen to my parents rules. Can they kick him out?

He will be 18 in 3 months. He is completely disobedient, defiant, manipulative, you name it. My parents are on the verge of a mental breakdown. He is bipolar and refuses to take his medication. He is constantly lieing about where he is and what he is doing. I personally fear for my parents lives.... Read more »

Penelope A. Boyd
Penelope A. Boyd answered on Mar 2, 2019

This is a decision your parents need to make. But if your brother has a mental illness and is dangerous to himself or to others, he might be involuntarily committed for treatment. I don’t know what county you’re in, but you can get information about mental health treatment options from the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Will calling CPS on my ex for physical abuse affect my custody case?
Penelope A. Boyd
Penelope A. Boyd answered on Feb 25, 2019

The fact that you are asking this in the context of a custody case suggests you are more concerned about the custody case than any physical abuse. If that is not the case and your child has been abused then you should report it. It is a difficult situation in real life because you have no way of... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: My 3 yr old daughter's biological son is now deceased and I have remarried. My new husband wants to adopt her.

If he legally adopts her, does the grandparents on the deceased father's side still have visitation rights. My daughter has only met them a few times and doesn't know them. I really don't want my x's family in our lives at all. They live in NC.

Penelope A. Boyd
Penelope A. Boyd answered on Feb 25, 2019

In an adoption in Pennsylvania there is a provision that allows (in some cases) for limited continuing contact with the biological family. In custody, grandparents of a deceased may petition the court for partial custody or visitation. It all depends on what the court determines to be in the... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was granted relocation with my child from PA to AZ 2 yrs ago. If I want to move again do I have to refile?

I was granted relocation from Pennsylvania to Arizona over 2 years ago. I have since met someone and are getting married, but his kids are moving to Florida since his ex wife is remarried, and we want to move so we can all be together. Do I have to refile for another relocation to do that? If... Read more »

Penelope A. Boyd
Penelope A. Boyd answered on Feb 22, 2019

The famous lawyer answer is: it depends. You were permitted to relocate with the child, but you need to be sure that the jurisdiction in the custody action was transferred. If the other parent continues to live in Pennsylvania, the court order may include a provision that the Pennsylvania court... Read more »

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