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Legal Information: Pennsylvania

Custody

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Updated: 
February 5, 2020

What are the steps for filing for custody?

The specific steps for filing for custody will depend on your exact case and the procedures in your county.

Some counties (but not many) offer court assistance in filing for custody by having staff who can help you complete the forms.  However, court officials cannot offer you legal advice or represent you in court.  The forms you need to file a petition for custody will be available at your local courthouse, and it may also be possible to get the forms from your local law library or online (see PA Download Court Forms).  It is recommended that you get assistance from an attorney to make sure that you have all of the correct forms and that you have filled them out properly.

When you file your petition for custody, the court will give you information about when to return to court for further action.