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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.

  • 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
  • Dauphin County: Custody in Dauphin County (Video)

    This video from the Dauphin County Courts explains some basic concepts of child custody law and outlines the custody process in Dauphin County. Read More

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    Dauphin County Self Help CenterDauphin County Court House
  • Montgomery County: How To File a Custody Complaint in Montgomery County, PA (Video)

    A short, step-by-step instructional video on "How to File a Custody Complaint in Montgomery County, PA. This video was produced by the 38th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas in cooperation with Montgomery Bar Association. Read More

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    38th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas and Montgomery Bar Association
  • Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

    Costs to record, or “file” documents such as the complaint, vary from the type of document, or pleading, to the county in which you begin your case. Some court filing costs may be in the hundreds of dollars. If you cannot afford to pay these fees to the court, you will need to complete this form, In Forma Pauperis, a Latin term, referring to someone who cannot pay. Read More

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Understanding Kinship Foster Care (Video)

    This video has been produced by the Pennsylvania Courts to help potential kinship providers learn about and understand kinship foster care, navigate the dependency court system and take the necessary steps to become a kinship parent. Read More

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    PA Courts