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Kayden’s Law Would Seek Stricter Requirements for Unsupervised Child Visitation

Posted by Joseph Lento | Dec 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

The death of a child is tragic, no matter what the circumstances. The death of a child at the hands of their own parents, however, is so heartbreaking, so devastating, that most people can't even manage to wrap their minds around the concept. Perhaps particularly for people who are parents themselves and who devote their every moment to ensuring that their children grow up safe, healthy, and happy.

That makes it all the more important to applaud and support anyone who has the power to make a real, lasting difference in keeping children safe. One such person is Pennsylvania Senator Stever Santarsiero, author of a recent bill, Kayden's Law, which is named after a child who was killed by her father.

When it comes to the safety of children, you can never be too careful. If you should happen to suspect that your child is being abused or is otherwise at risk while in the custody of a dangerous adult, even their other biological parent, act right away. File for an emergency protective order, and then call the Lento Law Firm at 888.535.3686 or click here to use our online contact form. Our dedicated Family Law attorneys will help you at every step going forward.

The Tragic Death of Kayden Mancuso

It's been just over five years since Kayden Mancuso, then a bright and bubbly 6-year-old, was spending time with her father during a court-ordered but unsupervised visit. It was the last such visit the pair would ever have—because the elder Mancuso, who had been granted the visit despite a history of violence, killed his young daughter and then took his own life.

The girl's parents had been embroiled in a bitter custody dispute, which ended in tragedy. Now, a new bill would reduce the odds of other Pennsylvania school children losing their lives in similar circumstances.

Kayden's Law

State Senator Stever Santarsiero is sponsoring the bill, along with colleague Senator Lisa Baker, which will be called Kayden's Law in honor of Mancuso. The proposed law, which has received bi-partisan support, is intended to address issues arising from contested custody cases. “

“Kayden's Law would ensure that the primary consideration in any child custody dispute will be the health and safety of the child,” explains Santarsiero.

Essentially, this legislation would give family courts the power to grant only professionally supervised visitation if they believe that the child or children are at any risk when spending time with the noncustodial parent. Anything that might serve as a threat of harm or violent behavior would trigger this safety measure.

Get the Help You Need

It's unfortunate that Kayden's Law has to even be proposed, of course. However, not all parents have their children's best interests at heart. If you are in the middle of a custody battle or have yet to split from an abusive partner for fear of how a child might suffer, please reach out to the

Lento Law Firm for compassionate and uncompromising assistance.

Call our dedicated Family Law Team at 888.535.3686 or click here to use our online contact form.

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Joseph Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!

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