PRINTER'S NO. 1133
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
844
Session of
2017
INTRODUCED BY WHITE, RAFFERTY, EICHELBERGER, RESCHENTHALER,
FOLMER, YUDICHAK, STEFANO, YAW AND TARTAGLIONE,
SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
AN ACT
Amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in child custody, further providing
for standing for any form of physical custody or legal
custody.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 5324 of Title 23 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a paragraph to read:
§ 5324. Standing for any form of physical custody or legal
custody.
The following individuals may file an action under this
chapter for any form of physical custody or legal custody:
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(4) If no biological parent or adoptive parent of the
child has custody of the child, an individual who:
(i) assumes or is willing to assume responsibility
for the child; and
(ii) has a sustained, substantial and sincere
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interest in the welfare of the child, which may be
demonstrated by factors involving the nature, quality,
extent and length of involvement by the individual in the
child's life, including, but not limited to:
(A) The financial support or assistance paid by
the individual for the benefit of the child.
(B) Whether the individual has previously stood
in loco parentis to the child.
Section 2. The addition of 23 Pa.C.S. § 5324(4) shall apply
to all custody proceedings irrespective of whether the
proceeding was commenced before, on or after the effective date
of this section.
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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