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

  • Local Forms and Self-Help Information

    For local forms and information for your county, click to see the SELF-HELP FORMS AND INFORMATION sub-topic. Counties are listed alphabetically after some generally applicable forms or you can set your location on the page to see only forms applicable for that location. Content Detail

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Philly Teen Moms and Dads: Know Your Rights - Quiz

    This online quiz from Philadelphia Legal Assistance allows Teen Moms and Dads to test their knowledge of family law and learn along the way. More information for Teen Moms and Dads in available in the companion guide, Family Law for Teen Parents. Read More

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • 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
  • Child Custody in Philadelphia County

    Information on filing for custody in Philadelphia County. Read More

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    Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • 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

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • 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

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • 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

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    North Penn Legal Services
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  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services