Custody Information and Forms


Litigants are are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice from a lawyer with experience in family law matters.These are only forms and do not guarantee that you are filing the proper paperwork or that all needed allegations (facts) are included.

Filing Instructions

Before filing a custody action at the Prothonotary, take your custody pleading to Family Court Administration (Suite 5402), for scheduling.

Family Court Fees

The recommended number of copies of all forms is 4. An original to be filed in the Prothonotary's Office (Suite 1425), a copy for your records and 2 copies for service.

The Prothonotary's office is open M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm. Holiday Closures

Chester County Local Custody Rules & Forms*

*These forms are not inclusive of all forms needed to commence or proceed with a custody action but reflect county-specific forms. We recommend that you read the Chester County Local Rules regarding custody to ascertain when the local forms are needed.

Notice Regarding Bringing Children to Custody Conciliation Conferences