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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 (3301(d)) when date of separation was prior to 12-5-2016 and parties have continued to live separate and apart for a period of at least two years and the parties do not own martial property OR date of separation was on or after 12-5-2016 and parties have continued to live separate and apart for a period of at least one year and the parties do not own martial property ($10)
·          How to file for divorce (3301(c)) where parties consent to the divorce and neither party requests the division of property, the award of alimony and/or the reimbursement of attorney’s fees, costs and expenses ($10)
·          How to file a custody complaint when there is no existing custody order ($10)
·          How to file a petition for modification of an existing custody order ($10)
·          How to file an emergency petition for special relief in custody ($10)
·          How to file a petition for civil contempt of an existing custody order ($10)
·          How to file an in forma pauperis petition (family law cases) for use when you believe you cannot afford to pay the filing fees ($5)
·          How to file an in forma pauperis petition (civil non-family law cases) for use when you believe you cannot afford to pay the filing fees ($5)
·          How to file a driver’s license or registration suspension appeal ($10)
·          How to file a name change petition for an adult ($10)
·          How to file a name change petition for a minor ($10)
·          How to file a motion for continuance ($5)
·          How to file a petition to record marriage ($10)
·          How to file a demand for hearing de novo before the court ($5)
·          How to file a motion for continuance of a PFA hearing ($5)
·          How to file a petition to waive costs for all or a portion of transcript costs ($5)

 

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 Forms and Instructions.pdfEmergency Custody Petition Forms and 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
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
Petition to Waive Costs for All or a Portion of Transcript Costs Forms and Instructions.pdfPetition to Waive Costs for All or a Portion of Transcript Costs Forms and Instructions
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 Forms and Instructions.pdfMinor Name Change Petition Forms and Instructions
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
Interpreter Request Form.pdfInterpreter Request Form
Motion for Appointment of Master.pdfMotion for Appointment of Master
Notice of Language Rights.pdfNotice of Language Rights
Prior Court Involvement Statement.pdfPrior Court Involvement Statement
Relocation Instructions (Exhibit A).pdfRelocation Instructions (Exhibit A)
Request for Assignment.pdfRequest for Assignment
Request for Transcript Form FAQ.pdfRequest for Transcript Form FAQ
Request for Transcript Form.pdfRequest for Transcript Form
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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