Pennsylvania

Custody and Guardianship of Children

Legal Information

Family of four - Parents and two chidren.

This section of PALawHelp.org has information and
resources about
Custody and Guardianship of Children
issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Child Custody

    Information on rights relating to custody and visitation of chlidren. Read More

    By:
    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • Custody

    Chapter 5 of Family Law Manual, developed by North Penn Legal Services. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • Pennsylvania: Complaint for Custody

    This custody form is for PARENTS only. Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can create a "Complaint for Custody" that you can use to start a NEW custody case. The site will ask you a series of questions about your custody situation and then create a custody complaint for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. This complaint can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word as your word processor. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • Pennsylvania: Petition for Modification or Contempt of a Custody Order

    This custody form is for PARENTS only. Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can create a "Petition for Modification or Contempt of a Custody Order" that can be used to ask a court to change or enforce a custody order that is ALREADY IN EFFECT. The site will ask you a series of questions about your custody situation and the existing order, and then create a petition for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. This petition can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word as your word processor. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • Custody Proceedings - Representing Yourself: Forms and Information from the Pennsylvania Courts

    Free online information is available from the Pennsylvania Courts website to assist the growing number of Pennsylvanians who want to file their own family law cases in courts across the state. Standardized court forms for child custody proceedings may be obtained on this page of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s website. Included are forms for both parents and third parties, including grandparents. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Pennsylvania: Notice of Relocation

    This will link you to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a "Notice of Relocation," which you can use if you have physical custody of a child and you wish to move with the child to another residence, where your move will significantly impair the ability of someone else to exercise his or her custodial rights. The site will ask you a series of questions about your situation and then create documents for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. The notice can then be mailed to the person who has custodial rights. The form also generates detailed instructions, a Counter-Affidavit Regarding Relocation, and a Petition To Confirm Relocation. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. Read More

    By:
    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Child Custody Relocation - Changing the Residence of Your Child (Northwestern Pennsylvania)

    Information on your obligations when you change the residence of a child in your physical custody. Included are forms and instructions for use in the following counties in northwestern Pennsylvania: Crawford; Erie; Mercer; and Venango Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Criminal Record and Abuse History in Custody Actions with Instructions PDF

    Beginning in September 2013 any person filing a complaint for custody, or any petition for modification for custody must also file a verification regarding any criminal or abuse history of the petitioner and anyone living in the petitioner’s household. This form, completed and filed following the included instructions, may be used to satisfy this requirement. Content Detail

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • Pennsylvania: Petition for Contempt of Custody

    This will link you to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a "Petition for Contempt of Custody," which you can use if you are a party to a current custody order and the other party violates the order. If you also want to change the custody order, you must file a Petition To Modify Custody in addition to a Petition for Contempt of Custody. The site will ask you a series of questions about your situation and then create a petition for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. The petition can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. Read More

    By:
    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Child Custody

    Information on child custody proceedings and the child custody process. Content Detail

    By:
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Filing for Custody or Modifying a Custody Order in Northwestern Pennsylvania (Video and Forms)

    This features a video overview of how to file for custody or modify a custody order in northwestern Pennsylvania and forms for proceeding in the following counties: Cameron; Crawford; Elk; Erie; Forest; Mercer; McKean; Venango; and Warren. Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • General Information On Custody and Visitation

    Informational Brochure Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • General Pennsylvania Law About Custody

    General information on custody law in Pennsylvania Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Pennsylvania: Petition for Guardianship of Minor Children

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a "Petition for Guardianship of Minor Children", which is for people who have children in their care, but are NOT the parents of the children. Guardianship is appropriate when the parents of the children are no longer available or able to care for the children, such as when the parents are dead or missing, or have serious drug, alcohol, or mental problems. The site will ask you a series of questions about the children's situation and then create a petition for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. The petition can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word as your word processor. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
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  • Custody - Myths & Facts

    Informational Brochure Read More

    By:
    MidPenn Legal Services