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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-51




Custody Conciliation Fees; Misc. Doc. No. 90613-97

[28 Pa.B. 135]

Administrative Order

   And Now, to-wit, this 12th day of December, 1997, the Court of Common Pleas of the Sixth Judicial District promulgates and adopts the following fee policy with regard to Custody Conciliation:

   1.  Upon filing of a Petition for Modification of a custody order, the moving party shall pay a conciliation fee in the amount of $50.00 per session. A session shall be not more than one and one-half (1-1/2) hours, and shall be either at the intake or conciliation stage of the process.

   At the time the petition is filed with the Office of Custody Conciliation, the moving party shall estimate the number of sessions required to resolve the issues presented and the parties shall deposit a sum equal to that amount, which shall be non-refundable. The party may request and pay for additional conciliation sessions as may be required.

   The conciliation fee shall be paid at the payment window of the Domestic Relations Section.

   2.  If a petition for modification only seeks the entry of an Order because the parties have reached a new agreement, then no fee will be assessed.

   3.  If a party files and/or presents a petition for special relief and the Court refers the matter to the Office ofCustody Conciliation or the parties request such action, then the custody conciliation fee referred to above shall be assessed in the manner prescribed.

   4.  If a custody matter is before the Court for an adversarial proceeding and the Court refers the case to the Office of Custody Conciliation, then the parties shall be assessed a conciliation fee in the manner prescribed above.

By the Court

President Judge

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-51. Filed for public inspection January 9, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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