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Child Custody Self Help
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If you are a party seeking to file a custody pleading you can prepare your own custody paperwork by choosing one of the following options:

New Complaint for Custody
If no current custody order exists and the Child/Children have lived in Northampton County for more than six months and you are the Mother or Father of the children.

Petition for Modification
Parties seeking to modify their existing custody order

Petition for Contempt
Parties seeking to file a contempt against the other side

If the form you are looking for is not listed above, you may need to visit the Law Library, located on the first floor of the courthouse, for the appropriate form.

The forms and instructions that are available from this website are not a substitute for professional legal advice. Court employees cannot give you legal advice or help you fill out /complete the forms. It is your responsibility to read and complete the forms and to take required steps to file and serve the documents. If you decide to use these forms in an actual action, be prepared to spend appropriate time gathering information, completing forms and following the Rules of Court. The Court assumes no responsibility for the use of these forms and accepts no liability for actions taken by using these documents, including reliance on the instructions and/or contents. To obtain legal advice and to insure the proper use of this material, you should contact a lawyer.

If you want to obtain the service of an attorney, but do not know whom to contact, you should visit the Northampton County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service website.

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