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Get a Lawyer, BUT Do Your Own Work Too

Having the status of “acting parent” or “in loco parentis” means that you have unique parental rights compared to the majority of custody cases currently in the courts today. If you choose to fight for custody, then you are challenging the foundation and biases related to biological parental rights. In Pennsvlvania, the law stipulates that you [...]

Child Custody and Rummy 500

I have found that dealing with custody issues in court is a lot like playing a good game of Rummy.
First, you get all the good cards that you can. Don’t underestimate the value of each card. Good cards aren’t just the aces and face cards, those are obvious; good cards, played correctly, can be low-point [...]

Standing in Place of the Parents - Overruling Biological Parents

There are times when I overrule Matthew’s biological parents, but I never do it lightly, even when I’m mad at them. I’ve gone to great lengths to find out what they wanted for Matthew, to understand their views, their values, and their personal desires for their son. I’m sure I don’t know all that they [...]

In Loco Parentis - How it Feels

Coming into the status of “in loco parentis”, as I’ve learned, is a gift and an honor.  I never knew how amazing it would be to watch a child grow up, to actually participate on a daily basis in his childhood. I constantly marvel at the little things, like the time we realized that he [...]

Legal Issues - What You Can Do

Document everything – all the time. Make it a habit like brushing your teeth or paying your bills. I created a spreadsheet in Excel that’s become quite handy. I add notes when appropriate and document all days that Matthew spends with his biological parents, grandparents or other family members.
If you’re a decent writer, I suggest [...]

Standing in place of the parent, or acting parent, or "in loco parentis" is a big job that comes with a unique set challenges. I created this blog to share my story and my experiences with those who find themselves in a similiar situation. I look forward to hearing your comments!

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