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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 the title 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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    PALawHELP.org
  • PA Courts Public Access Policy - Filing Requirements in the Courts (Video)

    Effective on January 6, 2018, a new Public Access Policy is in effect in Pennsylvania Courts. This policy imposes requirements on anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts to safeguard information in the documents they file. The Pennsylvania Courts have released this series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and the required steps you must take to protect that information when filing documents in the courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Preparing for a Custody Hearing - Pennsylvania (Video)

    This video explains what happens at a child custody hearing, describes the "best interest of the child" standard, and gives you tips on how to obtain the custody order you want. The video is part of Philadelphia Legal Assistance's "Make Your Case" video series. Read More

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
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    Spanish / Español
    French / Français
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Supervised Visitation (Video)

    This video from the Supervised Visitation Task Force provides information about being a supervisor where a Court requires supervised parental visitation, also known as supervised physical custody, for the safety and comfort of children. Frequently, relatives or friends are selected and appointed to serve in this capacity as an alternative to using formal visitation centers. This provides guidance for those serving as a Court-ordered supervisor. Read More

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    Supervised Visitation Task Force
  • 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
  • Custody Law in Pennsylvania

    General information on custody law in Pennsylvania Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 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
  • 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
  • Planning for Custody and Care of Children: an Informational Guide for Immigrant Families

    This guide is designed to provide important basic information about child custody to immigrant families. Content Detail

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • 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

    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.
  • 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
  • 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 Resources from PASafeLaw.org

    Resources from PASafeLaw.org intended to assist with understanding the process of obtaining and protecting your right to legal custody and/or physical custody of minor children. Content Detail

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    PASafeLaw