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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]

Tips and Techniques for Effective Co-Parenting (Video)

This video from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law section is designed to to help parents and attorneys develop better outcomes for parents and their children as parents work through the process of learning how to share parenting responsibilities and decisions after separating.

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.

Carbon Court Self-Service - Child Custody

Information and forms relating to child custody proceedings in Carbon County.

Crawford County: Self-Help Custody Video (Court Video)

Video from the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County explaining procedures in place in Crawford County for obtaining custody or visitation arrangements with your child.

Dauphin County Self Help Center

Information on the Dauphin County Pro Se Litigant Self Help Center where forms and instructions are available.

Elk and Cameron Counties Forms

Forms from the Court of Common Pleas of the 59th Judicial District serving Elk and Cameron Counties.

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.

Huntingdon County: Forms

Forms for use in the Huntingdon County Court of Common Pleas.

Indiana County: Forms and Documents

Forms and information regarding proceedings in the Indiana County Court of Common Pleas.

Juniata County: Forms and Applications

Forms and applications for use in Juniata County.

Lancaster County: Judge Henry S. Kenderdine Jr. Self Help Center

The Lancaster County Court Self Help Center opened in July, 2004. The main purpose of the Center is to provide one central location where self-represented litigants can obtain some of the information and forms that they may need to represent themselves in certain types of court actions.

McKean County Family Law Forms

Listing of Family Law forms available from the Court.

Mifflin County: Prothonotary Forms

Custody, Divorce and Expungement forms from the Prothonotary and MidPenn Legal Services for use in Mifflin County may be viewed and downloaded.

Monroe County: Custody Department

The Custody Department manages custody operations within the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas. This department provides court forms and assistance to individuals seeking court involvement in a custody dispute.

Montgomery County: Custody Mediation Orientation Program

Information on the Montgomery County Custody Mediation Orientation Program. An orientation session is an initial meeting between parties, and a mediator to educate the parties concerning the mediation process so that an informed choice can be made about continued participation in that process.

Philadelphia County: Affidavit of Service

Form from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in family law proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Complaint for Custody

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order

Form Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order with Instructions. A Petition for Reconsideration may be filed within 30 days of the date of a custody order if you believe that an error was made or that something very important was not considered. In filing a Petition for Reconsideration you are asking the same judge who heard the case to review his/her decision. Your petition must state the reasons why you believe the Court should make a different decision.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Petition to Modify Custody

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Rule to Show Cause

Form from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Supervised Custody Rules and Regulations

Information from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia about how supervised custody taking place under the Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures 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.

Philadelphia County: Exceptions to Recommendation of Custody Master

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion Cover Sheet

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion for Home Investigation

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion for Mental Health Assessment

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion for Protracted Custody Hearing

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition for Contempt of Custody Order

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts

Philadelphia County: Petition for Emergency Relief - Custody

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition for Expedited Relief - Custody

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts

Philadelphia County: Petition to Modify Custody Order

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition to Relocate With Child

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts

Potter County: Court Related Information and Forms

Court-related information and forms from the Judges Chamber of the Potter County Court of Common Pleas.

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.

Snyder County: Court Forms

Forms for use in the Court of Common Pleas in 17th Judicial District - Snyder County.

Union County: UC Court Forms

Forms for use in the Court of Common Pleas in Union County.

Warren - Forest Counties: Child Custody FAQs

Information and forms regarding child custody proceedings in in the Court of Common Pleas serving Warren and Forest counties.

Washington County: Custody Resources

Information and forms on representing yourself in a custody action in Washington County.

York County: Court Forms

The Court Forms section of the York County Court of Common Pleas offers popular forms provided by various Court and Court-related departments.

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.

Tips and Techniques for Effective Co-Parenting (Video)

This video from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law section is designed to to help parents and attorneys develop better outcomes for parents and their children as parents work through the process of learning how to share parenting responsibilities and decisions after separating.

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.

Carbon Court Self-Service - Child Custody

Information and forms relating to child custody proceedings in Carbon 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.

Child Custody in Allegheny County

Information from the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on how custody cases move through the system and what steps you need to follow.

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.

Crawford County: Self-Help Custody Video (Court Video)

Video from the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County explaining procedures in place in Crawford County for obtaining custody or visitation arrangements with your child.

Cumberland County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Cumberland County.

Dauphin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Dauphin County.

Dauphin County Self Help Center

Information on the Dauphin County Pro Se Litigant Self Help Center where forms and instructions are available.

Delaware County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Delaware County.

Elk and Cameron Counties Forms

Forms from the Court of Common Pleas of the 59th Judicial District serving Elk and Cameron Counties.

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.

Warren - Forest Counties: Child Custody FAQs

Information and forms regarding child custody proceedings in in the Court of Common Pleas serving Warren and Forest counties.

Huntingdon County: Forms

Forms for use in the Huntingdon County Court of Common Pleas.

Indiana County: Forms and Documents

Forms and information regarding proceedings in the Indiana County Court of Common Pleas.

Juniata County: Forms and Applications

Forms and applications for use in Juniata County.

Lancaster County: Judge Henry S. Kenderdine Jr. Self Help Center

The Lancaster County Court Self Help Center opened in July, 2004. The main purpose of the Center is to provide one central location where self-represented litigants can obtain some of the information and forms that they may need to represent themselves in certain types of court actions.

Lehigh County Domestic Relations Section

Information on the services provided by the Domestic Relations Section.

McKean County Family Law Forms

Listing of Family Law forms available from the Court.

Mifflin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Mifflin County.

Mifflin County: Prothonotary Forms

Custody, Divorce and Expungement forms from the Prothonotary and MidPenn Legal Services for use in Mifflin County may be viewed and downloaded.

Monroe County: Custody Department

The Custody Department manages custody operations within the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas. This department provides court forms and assistance to individuals seeking court involvement in a custody dispute.

Montgomery County: Custody Mediation Orientation Program

Information on the Montgomery County Custody Mediation Orientation Program. An orientation session is an initial meeting between parties, and a mediator to educate the parties concerning the mediation process so that an informed choice can be made about continued participation in that process.

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.

Philadelphia County: Affidavit of Service

Form from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in family law proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Complaint for Custody

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order

Form Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order with Instructions. A Petition for Reconsideration may be filed within 30 days of the date of a custody order if you believe that an error was made or that something very important was not considered. In filing a Petition for Reconsideration you are asking the same judge who heard the case to review his/her decision. Your petition must state the reasons why you believe the Court should make a different decision.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Petition to Modify Custody

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Rule to Show Cause

Form from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County (Custody): Supervised Custody Rules and Regulations

Information from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia about how supervised custody taking place under the Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures 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.

Philadelphia County: Exceptions to Recommendation of Custody Master

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion Cover Sheet

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion for Home Investigation

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion for Mental Health Assessment

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion for Protracted Custody Hearing

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition for Contempt of Custody Order

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts

Philadelphia County: Petition for Emergency Relief - Custody

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition for Expedited Relief - Custody

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts

Philadelphia County: Petition to Modify Custody Order

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition to Relocate With Child

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts

Pike County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Pike County.

Potter County: Court Related Information and Forms

Court-related information and forms from the Judges Chamber of the Potter County Court of Common Pleas.

Snyder County: Court Forms

Forms for use in the Court of Common Pleas in 17th Judicial District - Snyder County.

Schuylkill County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Schuylkill county.

Schuylkill County: Prothonotary Forms

Forms for use in the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas.

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.

Snyder County: Court Forms

Forms for use in the Court of Common Pleas in 17th Judicial District - Snyder County.

Union County: UC Court Forms

Forms for use in the Court of Common Pleas in Union County.

Warren County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Warren County.

Warren - Forest Counties: Child Custody FAQs

Information and forms regarding child custody proceedings in in the Court of Common Pleas serving Warren and Forest counties.

Washington County: Custody Resources

Information and forms on representing yourself in a custody action in Washington 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.

York County: Court Forms

The Court Forms section of the York County Court of Common Pleas offers popular forms provided by various Court and Court-related departments.

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