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Child Custody

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

Custody - Myths & Facts

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

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.

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.

Custody

Fact sheet from the Youth Justice Project on child custody. [PDF]

Filling out an Affidavit of Service (Video)

This video from Laurel Legal Services explains how to complete and file an Affidavit of Service in a custody proceeding after servicing legal papers on the opposing party in your case. The video covers situations where a person is personally served by giving them a copy of the papers and when the service is done by mail.

How to File a Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

This video from Laurel Legal Services provides an explanation of what In Forma Pauperis is (a request to file legal papers without having to pay the filing fee because you cannot afford to pay the fees) and line-by-line instructions on completing a petition to request permission to proceed without paying filing fees.

Serving a Defendant (Video)

This video from Laurel Legal Services explains how to serve an opposing party (defendant) in a lawsuit with legal papers related to the lawsuit. Parties must be notified about court proceedings against them and provided with copies of legal papers filed in the proceedings. This video explains the proper and required legal way to notify them of the proceedings.

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.

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.

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.

Adams County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Adams County.

Armstrong County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Armstrong County.

Beaver County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Beaver County.

Bedford County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bedford County.

Berks County: Domestic Relations Section of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas

Domestic Relations is a part of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. It helps the Court establish and enforce Court Orders for child support and spousal support.

Blair County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Blair County.

Bradford County Domestic Relations Office

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bradford County.

Bucks County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bucks County.

Butler County Family Court: Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Butler County.

Cambria County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Cambria County.

Centre County: Domestic Relations Section

The Domestic Relations Section is a Court-appointed office of Centre County Government under the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. The office serves as the Court's child support enforcement agency.

Chester County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Chester County.

Clearfield County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Clearfield County.

Clinton County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Clinton County.

Crawford County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Crawford County.

Cumberland County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Cumberland County.

Dauphin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Dauphin County.

Delaware County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Delaware County.

Elk County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Elk County.

Erie County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Erie County.

Fayette County Domestic Relations

Information on support porcedures in Fayette County.

Forest County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Forest County.

Serving a Defendant (Video)

This video from Laurel Legal Services explains how to serve an opposing party (defendant) in a lawsuit with legal papers related to the lawsuit. Parties must be notified about court proceedings against them and provided with copies of legal papers filed in the proceedings. This video explains the proper and required legal way to notify them of the proceedings.

Lehigh County Domestic Relations Section

Information on the services provided by the Domestic Relations Section.

Mifflin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Mifflin County.

Serving a Defendant (Video)

This video from Laurel Legal Services explains how to serve an opposing party (defendant) in a lawsuit with legal papers related to the lawsuit. Parties must be notified about court proceedings against them and provided with copies of legal papers filed in the proceedings. This video explains the proper and required legal way to notify them of the proceedings.

Perry County: Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Perry County.

Pike County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Pike County.

Courts-Westmoreland County: Family Court Forms

Family Court Forms for use in the Westmoreland County Courts.

Schuylkill County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Schuylkill county.

Serving a Defendant (Video)

This video from Laurel Legal Services explains how to serve an opposing party (defendant) in a lawsuit with legal papers related to the lawsuit. Parties must be notified about court proceedings against them and provided with copies of legal papers filed in the proceedings. This video explains the proper and required legal way to notify them of the proceedings.

Warren County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Warren County.

Washington County: Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County

Information on the Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

Wayne County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Wayne County.

Westmoreland County: Domestic Relations

Information on support and the Domestic Relations Office in Westmoreland County

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