Family Matters

Family matters at the Common Pleas level are filed in the Prothonotary’s Office, Courthouse, Norristown. Hours of Operation. Fees associated with all filings - Fee Schedule

Instructional Packets include all required forms. All packets/forms are also available on the Prothonotary’s website under Forms.


Instructional Packets & Forms


Resource Manual - Montgomery Bar Association Family Law Section - Custody Resource Manual

Instructional Packet – Complaint for Custody

Instructional Packet – Petition to Intervene in Custody

Instructional Packet – Petition to Modify Custody

Instructional Packet – Petition for Contempt of Custody

Instructional Packet – Notice of Proposed Relocation 

Instructional Packet – Parental Conduct Standards

Blank Form – Custody Modification Order

Blank Form – Custody Order (PDF)

Blank Form – Custody Order (Word)

Blank Form – Praecipe and Application to Relist Form 12.4.18


Parenting Coordinators
Parenting Coordination Internal Operating Procedures
Parenting Coordination Application Affidavit
Summary and Recommendation of the Parenting Coordinator 

 The following video includes instructions on filing a Custody Complaint at the Montgomery County Courthouse:

 Video provided by the Montgomery County Bar Association.


Tips and Tools for Better Co-Parenting

Protection from Abuse

You must appear in person any day Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This allows you ample time to see the Judge. To qualify for a protection from abuse order, there must be either a family relationship or an intimate relationship with the person you want to file for protection from.

The following is an informative video about the steps involved in obtaining a Protection From Abuse Order at the Montgomery County Courthouse:

WCMC PFA from WCMC Videos on Vimeo.

After hours, call 610-275-1222 and ask for the Magisterial District Judge who is on call. 

Exceptions to Masters Recommendation

Instructional Packet - Support Exceptions Instruction Packet

Instructional Packet -- Exceptions to Master Recommendation of Equitable Distribution Master