Guide to Pennsylvania Child Custody Topics

Where to begin:

Pennsylvania child custody overview
Answers to your Pennsylvania child custody questions. How do I open a case? How much will it cost? How long will it take? What is physical custody vs. legal custody?

Pennsylvania parenting plans and custody agreements
Rules and tips for making a Pennsylvania parenting plan. Follow these guidelines for a plan you can present in trial or use to settle.

Pennsylvania custody and parenting time schedules
Save time and ensure your custody schedule is comprehensive with these guidelines. See popular schedules and how to word the specifics.

Pennsylvania child support calculator
Instantly determine your child support by entering your incomes, parenting time and number of children. See how different parenting times affect the total.

Going to court:

7 steps to getting child custody in a Pennsylvania court
The child custody litigation process from start to finish, with all the resources you need along the way. How to file a case, request an expedited hearing and more.

Filing for child custody in Pennsylvania: 5 steps
Follow these steps while filing to avoid mistakes that can stall your Pennsylvania custody case. Find the forms you need and more.

Pennsylvania child custody evaluations
Custody evaluations can play a big role in a court ruling, as can home investigations in Philadelphia County. Make sure you know why both are ordered, how they work and what's expected of parents.

Custody conciliation conferences in Pennsylvania
Are you ready for your Pennsylvania conciliation conference? Learn how to prepare, what to bring, possible outcomes and more.

Pennsylvania child custody trials
Pennsylvania custody trials are complicated. Understand the processes and protocols so you get what's best for your child.

Staying out of court:

3 courtroom alternatives: Pennsylvania child custody options
These methods for deciding child custody without a trial are gaining popularity in Pennsylvania. Could one work for you?

Settling child custody in Pennsylvania: 3 steps
Settling is considered the best way to decide custody. Follow these steps to do it quickly, with no hiccups. Free templates and forms.

More about Pennsylvania custody:

Custody orders in Pennsylvania: Types, modification, enforcement
Emergency orders, temporary orders, final orders — learn the differences between the three and which may apply in your case. Also, how to modify and enforce final orders.

9 people to know in Pennsylvania child custody cases
Do you know what a conference officer does? Or the difference between a clerk and a prothonotary? You may need to for your child custody case.

Special circumstances in Pennsylvania child custody cases
No two child custody cases are the same. Are you in the military? Do you need restrictions on custodial time or exchanges? What other considerations might you be forgetting?

5 ways to use the Custody X Change app in Pennsylvania
Custody X Change can make your child custody case shorter and simpler, with better outcomes. Use it to negotiate, settle, gather evidence for court, and more.

Resources and support for Pennsylvania child custody
Where to turn for help with your case. Links to local courts, lawyers, help for domestic violence victims, and more.

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