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  • 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
  • Overview of Grandparents' Rights in Family Court

    Jennifer Pierce, Managing Attorney for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, provides a brief overview of grandparent’s rights in family court. Read More

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    Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
  • 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
  • Understanding When Grandparents and Others Can Seek Custody

    Informational brochure from the PA Bar Association describing when grandparents and other third parties may seek custody or a child. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Divorce Tracker

    The Divorce Tracker is a free automated program that helps guide individuals through the divorce process in Pennsylvania and generates the forms necessary to pursue a simple, uncontested divorce action. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

    Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • How to Get a Custody Order in Erie County

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association about the steps involved in getting a custody order in Erie County 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
  • Power of Attorney in Pennsylvania

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services on what is a Power of Attorney (POA), guidelines when selecting an agent, what happens if I become mentally unable to make my own decisions, when does it go into effect, when does it end, and the process involved in setting up a POA. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español