Family Court


FORMS


Application for Continuance

Application for Continuance (Spanish)

Criminal Record – Abuse History Verification

Custody Petition

Custody Petition (Spanish)

Parenting Plan

Petition for Contempt – Custody

Petition for Contempt – Custody (Spanish)

Petition for Emergency Special Relief

Petition for Emergency Special Relief (Fillable)

Petition for Special Relief

PFA Packet

PFA Packet (Fillable)


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 20, 2020

The Judicial Emergency Declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania Shall Continue to Exist Through May 31, 2020 due to the COVID – 19 Crisis.


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 14, 2020

All Domestic Relations Conferences Scheduled between April 14, 2020 through May 31, 2020 are Encouraged to be Held via Teleconference


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 14, 2020

All Support Hearings in front of Master Kathryn Karam between April 14, 2020 through May 31, 2020 shall be Held via Video Conference


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 3, 2020

Important procedural changes for obtaining PFAs in light of the Judicial Emergency declared by this Court and by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on April 1, 2020, directing the closure of court facilities


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 1, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dated April 1, 2020 extending the declaration of the Judicial Emergency through April 30, 2020, it is hereby ordered and decreed that, the Judicial Emergency declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania shall continue to exist through April 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis


Emergency Judicial Order Dated March 16, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania authorizing this Court to declare a Judicial Emergency in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, I do hereby declare that a Judicial Emergency exists in this Judicial District and shall continue to exist until April 14, 2020 on account of COVID-19


Emergency Custody Petitions

in light of the Judicial Emergency declared by this Court and by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on April 1, 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration and Stay at Home Order issude by Governor Tom Wof on March 27, 2020, requiring all Lackawanna County residents to to remain at home or at their place of residence to avoid spreading COVID-19, recognizing, however, that child custody transfers are permitted under the Order


Temporary Motion Practice in Lackawanna County

Important change to Motion Practice in Lackawanna County Motion Court, Family Motion Court and Orphan’s Court


The Family Court Judges and the Family Court Administration staff are located in the Family Court Center, 123 Wyoming Avenue, First Floor, Scranton, PA 18503. The Family Court Administration Office is located on the first floor of the building and is headed by the Deputy Court Administrator for Family Courts. In addition to handling the processing of all Protection From Abuse applications and cases, the Family Courts are responsible for all Juvenile Delinquency cases, Children and Youth cases and Orphans Court cases.

The types of cases heard by the Family Court Judges involve custody, dependency, juvenile delinquency, foster care, adoptions, visitation, appointment of guardians, truancy, and estate and accounting matters.


INFORMATION


Family Court Local Rules

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