How much does it cost to file for custody?
The filing fee for custody is different in each county. Contact your county’s prothonotary (see PA Courthouse Locations), a domestic violence organization, or a legal services provider in your area (see PA Places that Help for a list of resources) for more information.
If you cannot afford the filing fee for custody, you can request that the judge waive the filing fee for you by filing a “petition to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP)” when you file for custody.1 You will have to complete an affidavit of income and expenses and attach this to the form as well. Your county’s prothonotary may have IFP forms, or you may be able to get a form from a legal services provider in your area. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website also has county-specific forms available to download.
If you hire a private attorney, your attorney will also charge you fees. Each attorney charges different fees for his/her services – you should be sure to discuss fees in detail before agreeing to hire any attorney.
1 231 Pa. Code Rule 240