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Self Help Center
 
If you are looking for information on any of the topics listed below, please go to the Self Help Center, located in the Law Library on the fourth floor of the Dauphin County Courthouse, 101 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. At the Self Help Center you will be able to purchase a packet that may contain the information and forms you need. The Self Help Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If you are unable to go to the Self Help Center, the forms and instructions are available below for printing at no cost.
 
THE AVAILABLE FORMS AND COSTS ARE LISTED BELOW:
  • How to file for divorce when parties have been separated for two years and no property needs to be divided ($10)
  • How to file for emergency custody ($10)
  • How to file for custody when there is no existing custody order. ($10)
  • How to file for modification of an existing custody order. ($10)
  • How to file for a divorce where the parties consent and no property needs to be divided. ($10)
  • How to file an in forma pauperis petition for use when you believe you cannot afford to pay the filing fees. ($5)
  • How to file a driver's license suspension appeal. ($10)
  • How to file an Adult Name Change Petition ($10)
  • How to file a Minor Name Change Petition ($10)
  • How to file for Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) Expungement ($10)
  • How to file for Expungement of Offenses ($10)
  • How to file for Summary Offense Expungement ($10)
  • How to file a Motion for Transcript ($5)
  • How to file a Motion for Continuance ($5)
  • How to file a Petition to Amend Marriage Record ($10)
  • How to file a Petition for Civil Contempt of an Existing Custody Order ($10)
THE SELF HELP CENTER STAFF AND THE STAFF IN ANY COURT OFFICE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GIVE YOU LEGAL ADVICE. THE INFORMATION IN THE PACKETS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADVICE. THE COURT ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR ACTIONS TAKEN BY USERS OF THESE DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING RELIANCE ON THEIR CONTENTS. IF YOU WANT TO OBTAIN THE SERVICES OF AN ATTORNEY BUT DO NOT KNOW WHOM TO CONTACT, YOU MAY CALL THE DAUPHIN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE AT (717) 232-7536.

The Self Help Center Forms and Instructions
*All forms are in Adobe .pdf format
 
Forms and Instructions
  
  
Custody Complaint Instructions and Forms.pdfCustody Complaint Instructions and Forms
Modification of Custody Order Instructions and Forms.pdfModification of Custody Order Instructions and Forms
Continuance Instructions and Forms (1-13).pdfContinuance Instructions and Forms (1-13)
Emergency Custody Petition Instructions.pdfEmergency Custody Petition Instructions
3301(c) Divorce Instructions and Forms.pdf3301(c) Divorce Instructions and Forms
3301(d) Divorce Instructions and Forms.pdf3301(d) Divorce Instructions and Forms
Adult Name Change Instructions and Forms.pdfAdult Name Change Instructions and Forms
Petition to Amend Marriage Record Instructions and Forms.pdfPetition to Amend Marriage Record Instructions and Forms
Expungement of Offenses Forms and Instructions.pdfExpungement of Offenses Forms and Instructions
Summary Offense Expungement Forms and Instructions.pdfSummary Offense Expungement Forms and Instructions
Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) Expungement Forms and Instructions.pdfAccelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) Expungement Forms and Instructions
Demand for Hearing De Novo.pdfDemand for Hearing De Novo
Petition for Civil Contempt of an Existing Custody Order Instructions and Forms.pdfPetition for Civil Contempt of an Existing Custody Order Instructions and Forms
Motion for Continuance for Protection from Abuse Cases.pdfMotion for Continuance for Protection from Abuse Cases
In Forma Pauperis (IFP) for Family Law Cases.pdfIn Forma Pauperis (IFP) for Family Law Cases
In Forma Pauperis (IFP) for Civil Law Cases.pdfIn Forma Pauperis (IFP) for Civil Law Cases
License-Suspension-Appeal.pdfLicense-Suspension-Appeal
Minor-Name-Change-Petition.pdfMinor-Name-Change-Petition
Motion-for-Transcript.pdfMotion-for-Transcript
Other Information
  
  
Criminal Record Abuse History Verification.pdfCriminal Record Abuse History Verification
Custody Checklist Factors.pdfCustody Checklist Factors
Custody Supervisor Affidavit.pdfCustody Supervisor Affidavit
Entry of Appearance for Self Represented Parties in Family Law Cases.pdfEntry of Appearance for Self Represented Parties in Family Law Cases
Entry of Appearance for Self-Represented Parties in Civil Cases.pdfEntry of Appearance for Self-Represented Parties in Civil Cases
Going to Court.pdfGoing to Court
Information on Obtaining a Lawyer for Custody Matters.pdfInformation on Obtaining a Lawyer for Custody Matters
Motion for Appointment of Divorce Master.pdfMotion for Appointment of Divorce Master
Prior Court Involvement Statement.pdfPrior Court Involvement Statement
Relocation Instructions (Exhibit A).pdfRelocation Instructions (Exhibit A)
Sample Custody Proposed Parenting Plan.pdfSample Custody Proposed Parenting Plan
Seminar for Families in Change and Conflict Information Sheet.pdfSeminar for Families in Change and Conflict Information Sheet

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