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

  • Child Custody

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on child custody proceedings and the child custody process. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Child Custody

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on rights relating to custody and visitation of children. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • Child Custody

    Consumer Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association on Child Custody offering information on the law relating to child custody and the procedure in child custody proceedings. Rev. 1/13 [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
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    Spanish / Español
  • Child Custody Relocation - Changing the Residence of Your Child (Northwestern Pennsylvania)

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services 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, as well as a way to generate the necessary forms in any county in Pennsylvania. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Child Custody Video Workshop - North Penn Legal Services

    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

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Collaborative Law

    Consumer legal information brochure from the Pennsylvania Bar Association on Collaborative Law, a dispute resolution process that is an alternative to litigation. Rev. 1/13 [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Criminal Record and Abuse History in Custody Actions with Instructions

    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. [PDF] Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Custody

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

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Custody

    Fact sheet from the Youth Justice Project on child custody. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Youth Justice Project
  • Custody

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the law concerning child custody from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Custody and Visitation in PA (Audio-MP3) audio

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 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) Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Custody Law in Pennsylvania

    General information on custody law in Pennsylvania Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Custody - Myths & Facts

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services on the true facts regarding child custody law. Read More

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    MidPenn 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

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Custody Update 2014 (Video)

    This video from North Penn Legal Services, presented by Ellen Kramer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, provides updated information for issues related to custody relocation and the factors a court needs to consider in any custody case. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services