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Superior Court of Pennsylvania Shrinks Admissibility of Criminal Convictions in Child Custody Cases

On June 17, 2015, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania handed down K.T. and M.R.T. v. L.S. f/k/a L.R., 118 A.3d 1136 (Pa. Super. 2015). In K.T., paternal grandparents sought partial physical custody of their minor grandchildren, from the minor children's Mother. On cross-examination, it was revealed that paternal grandparents had several past criminal offenses, which were not offenses listed by the Pennsylvania legislature for consideration, when a party seeks "any form of custody," pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S. Section 5329(a).The trial court allowed testimony of paternal grandparents' past criminal offenses on the theory that the character exhibited by those offenses, which, interestingly, included crimes of dishonesty, might impact "whether or not they should be around children." 

An Interesting Case Makes Headlines

Skala | Miller made the news in Butler County, Pennsylvania this week after the local newspaper picked up on the curious case of a piece of property that no person has officially owned for over fifty years! Check out the link below.

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