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Custody and Guardianship of Children

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

Click on a resource category listed below to see information related to that category.

Child Custody

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

Custody

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

Custody - Myths & Facts

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

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]

Philadelphia County: Child Custody in Philadelphia County

Information on filing for custody in Philadelphia County.

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]

Philadelphia County: Child Custody in Philadelphia County

Information on filing for custody in Philadelphia County.

Philadelphia County: Child Custody in Philadelphia County

Information on filing for custody in Philadelphia County.

Philadelphia County: Domestic Relations Information Sheet

Form from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section for use in domestic relations proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

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