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Effective May 18, 2021, any individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear masks for entry into any courtroom or court facility under the supervision and authority of the President Judge.

Pursuant to CDC guidance issued on May 13, 2021, an individual is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced in all court facilities, irrespective of vaccination status.

More information is available on our
Judicial Emergency Orders and COVID-19 Information page.

Child Custody Self Help

If you are a mother or father seeking to file an initial custody complaint and you live in Northampton County, you can prepare your own custody papers by going to:

By answering easy-to-follow questions on a computer, you can create all of the documents you need to file for custody (only use child's/children's initials). You will also get easy-to-follow instructions on how to file your papers and prepare your case for court. (Note: These forms may not be appropriate for all families. Please check the website for more details. This service is offered to low-income parents by North Penn Legal Services.


After completing all questions, proceed to print your documents. Read all instructions and sign and date where indicated.

NEXT, you must take your completed petition to Motions Court (Courtroom #4), on any weekday for a Judge’s signature. You must sign in by 8:45 a.m. and your packet must include the following:

  1. A completed, signed and dated Complaint for Custody
  2. A scheduling Order for the Judge to sign.
  3. Pretrial Statements for Plaintiff and Defendant
  4. A completed criminal record and abuse history verification form.
  5. A Co-parent education program form
  6. A certificate of service to be completed after you serve the other party.
    NOTE: If you are filing an In Forma Pauperis form (waiving filing fee), this form must also be completed/signed and dated with your financial information.

If the Judge signs your petition, proceed to the Prothonotary’s Office to file your petition. There will be a filing fee-the current fee is $160.75 (subject to change without notice).

Further information may be found at regarding modifications and contempt or you can visit the law library.

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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