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  • Filing for Custody or Modifying a Custody Order in Northwestern Pennsylvania (Video and Forms)

    Northwestern Legal Services provides this video overview of how to file for custody or modify a custody order in northwestern Pennsylvania and forms for proceeding in the following counties: Cameron; Crawford; Elk; Erie; Forest; Mercer; McKean; Venango; and Warren. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • General Information On Custody and Visitation

    Definitions and general information on custody and visitation from Northwestern Legal Services. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Overview of Custody - Guidelines of Conduct

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services on the guidelines of conduct surrounding child custody. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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