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

Authored By: Northwestern Legal Services
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Video Overview

This video presents an overview of how to file for custody or modify a custody order in northwestern Pennsylvania. The accompanying court forms and instructions are below. You may click on a link above to jump to your county after viewing the video overview..View the video:

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Crawford County

Filing for Custody:

The following is the Crawford County, Pennsylvania Complaint for Custody pro se packet including the Complaint, the Criminal Record/Abuse History Verification and Order along with the instructions for completing these forms.

Modification of a Custody Order:

The following is a Custody Modification pro se packet, including the Modification Petition and instructions for completing the forms. These forms can be used to file for a change in your current Custody Order in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Custody Relocation:

The following is the Crawford County, Pennsylvania Custody Relocation pro se packet, including Notice of Proposed Relocation, Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation, Affidavit of Notice of Relocation, Petition to Confirm Relocation, and other required forms. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.

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Elk and Cameron Counties - 59th Judicial District

Filing for Custody:

The following is the Complaint for Custody pro se packet for the 59th Judsicial District (Elk and Cameron Counties), including the guidance for completing these forms. Also provided is the Petition to Waive Fees (which requests that the court not charge a filing fee).

Modification of a Custody Order:

The following is the Custody Modification pro se packet for the 59th Judsicial District (Elk and Cameron Counties), including the guidance for completing these forms.

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Erie County

Filing for Custody:

The following is the Erie County, Pennsylvania Complaint for Custody pro se packet including the Complaint, Criminal Record/Abuse History Verification, Order and Coversheet, the Motion and Petition to Proceed In Forma Paupers (which requests that the court waive the filing fee), along with the instructions for completing these forms.

Modification of a Custody Order:

The following is a Custody Modification pro se packet, including the Modification Petition, Entry of Appearance of Self-Represented Party, and instructions for completing the forms. These forms can be used to file for a change in your current Custody Order in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Custody Relocation:

The Court of Common Pleas of Erie County proivdes the Relocation Notice and Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation forms on their website for assistance in filing for relocation. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.

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McKean County

Filing for Custody:

The following is the McKean County, Pennsylvania Complaint for Custody or Partial Custody pro se packet including the Complaint, Coversheets, Criminal Record/Abuse History Verification, and service documents. If you have reached an Agreement with the opposing Party also included is the Custody Agreement, Motion and Order. Instructions for completing these forms are included.

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Mercer County

Filing for Custody:

The following is the Mercer County, Pennsylvania Complaint for Custody pro se packet including the Complaint, the Criminal Record/Abuse History Verification, Notice and Order, Order to Appoint Master, Order, along with sample forms and the instructions for completing these forms.

Modification of a Custody Order:

The following is a Custody Modification pro se packet, including the Petition for Modification, Criminal Record/Abuse History Verification, Order, and Order Appointing Master and other necessary forms, along with instructions for completing the forms. These forms can be used to file for a change in your current Custody Order in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Custody Relocation:

The following is a Mercer County, Pennsylvania Custody Relocation pro se packet, including Notice of Proposed Relocation, Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation, Affidavit of Notice of Relocation, Petition to Confirm Relocation, and other required forms along with instructions. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.

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Venango County

Filing for Custody:

The following is the Venango County, Pennsylvania Complaint for Custody pro se packet including the Complaint, Criminal Record/Abuse History Verification, Order and Coversheet, the Motion and Petition to Proceed In Forma Paupers (which requests that the court waive the filing fee), along with other necessary forms and the instructions for completing these forms.

Modification of a Custody Order:

The following is a Custody Modification pro se packet, including the Modification Petition for Partial Custody or Visitation Order, Entry of Appearance of Self-Represented Party, Eligibility for Mediation, Criminal History/Abuse Record Verification, and other necessary forms along with instructions for completing the forms. These forms can be used to file for a change in your current Custody Order in Venango County, Pennsylvania.

Custody Relocation:

The following is a Venango County, Pennsylvania Custody Relocation pro se packet, including Notice of Proposed Relocation, Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation, Affidavit of Notice of Relocation, Petition to Confirm Relocation, and other required forms. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.

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Warren and Forest Counties - 37th Judicial District

On the Court's website you will find the following forms for the 37th Judicial District which includes Warren and Forest Counties, Pennsylvania:

Filing for Custody:

  • Complaint for Custody
    Use this form to file for custody of your children. You should use this form only if you are filing a new action. Instructions are included.

Modification of a Custody Order:

  • Petition to Modify Custody
    Use this form if you would like to make changes to your Court Order for custody. Instructions are included. NOTE: Does not apply to custody ordered through a PFA.

Other Forms:

  • Custody Contempt Petition
    Use this form to file a contempt petition against the other party in a custody matter for their failure to follow the Court Order. Instructions are included. NOTE: Does not apply to custody ordered through a PFA.
  • In Forma Pauperis
    Can't afford the filing fee for a Custody Complaint? Use this form to request a waiver of the fee.
  • Juvenile Dependency-Application for Counsel
    Need an attorney in a Juvenile matter? Use this form to request that an attorney be appointed for you by the Court.


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