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
  • 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
  • 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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    Spanish / Español
  • Custody and Visitation in PA (Audio-MP3)

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA. 5/22/2008 - Robert Oakley, NWLS Director interviews Judge Stephanie Domitrovitch, Erie County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, and Karen Klapsinos, NWLS Staff Attorney regarding custody in Pennsylvania. Information is provided on what a Custody Order is, what it means, how to obtain one, and issues to consider when pursuing custody or visitation. (24:06) Click on the title above to listen to the program. Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Custody - Myths & Facts

    Informational Brochure Read More

    By:
    MidPenn Legal Services
  • North Penn Legal Services Child Custody Video Workshop

    This video workshop from North Penn Legal Services provided basic information about child custody and visitation and describes how custody disputes are handled throgh the courts or through negotiation or mediation. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services