How Do I...?

File a document regarding Child Custody
Filing Instructions
Where to File? 
If you prepare your own petition, file it with the Clerk of Family Court 1501 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA. 19102
If you need help preparing your custody petition, go to the Domestic Relations Intake Unit of Philadelphia Family Court located 1501 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA9107. Staff will help you prepare your petition.
Fees: 
It costs $90.38 to file for custody
It costs an extra $42.68 to file for emergency custody
Fees are different (or none) for other filings
You may be excused from paying the fee by filing a petition to proceed In Forma Pauperis (IFP). Ask for and fill out an IFP Petition
Number of copies of each pleading/form:  Original and two copies
Address of Filing Office: 
Self-prepared petitions may be filed at the Clerk of Family Court, 1501 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA. 19102
Those needing assistance preparing and filing their petition may visit the Domestic Relations Intake Unit of Philadelphia Family Court at 1501 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA. 19102
Hours of Operation: 
Hours of Operation for both locations are Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.
Local Rules:  Not available online
Glossary of Terms: 
Please see the Child Custody in Philadelphia County Brochure
FAQ's: 
Are included in the Child Custody in Philadelphia County Brochure
Local Forms: 
Custody Forms - Instruction sheet included with form

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