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  • Grandparents - Partial Custody or Visitation

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on the custody rights of grandparents. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • A Caregiver's Guide to Selecting an Adults Day Services Center

    An 12-page guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to help persons in need of adult day services. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

    Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 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
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Divorce 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 divorce proceedings may be obtained on this page of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s website. Read More

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Grandparent Rights

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on grandparent rights concerning custody and visitation from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Legal Briefs: Grandparents' Rights

    Information on Grandparents Rights that was discussed by Attorney Whitney Hughes of the Allegheny County Bar Association on the February 19, 2008 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • 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
  • Medical Consent: A New Tool for Grandparents and Others Caring for Children

    Information from the SeniorLAW Center on the Medical Consent Act, which allows a parent or legal custodian to authorize another person to consent to medical, dental or mental health care for children by completing and signing a simple document. Content Detail

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    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • 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
  • Pennsylvania Fact Sheet for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children

    Pennsylvania Fact Sheet developed by a unique national partnership comprised of AARP, the Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs’ National Center for Resource Family Support, The Brookdale Foundation, the Child Welfare League of America, and Generations United. The fact sheet provides grandparent and other relative caregivers information about the range of support services, benefits and policies they need to fulfill their caregiving role. [PDF] Content Detail

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    AARP
  • Pennsylvania Family Caregiver Support Program

    Describes the financial assistance and other benefits and services available through the Family Caregiver Support Program under the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging