Petition For Reconsideration Of Custody Order Form. This is a Pennsylvania form and can be use in Philadelphia Local County.
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PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CUSTODY ORDER INSTRUCTION SHEET These instructions are meant to give you general information and not legal advice. A Petition for Reconsideration may be filed within 30 days of the date of a custody order if you believe that an error was made or that something very important was not considered. In filing a Petition for Reconsideration you are asking the same judge who heard the case to review his/her decision. Your petition must state the reasons why you believe the Court should make a different decision. 1. Fill in the Domestic Relations Information Sheet and the Motion Cover Sheet with as much information as you have. 2. Fill in the caption only on the Rule to Show Cause and Order. 3. Complete, date and sign the Petition for Reconsideration. (detailed instructions included) 4. There is no filing fee for a Petition for Reconsideration. 5. File the completed Petition for Reconsideration and Information Sheets by mailing or handdelivering them in person to: Clerk of Court 1501 Arch Street 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102 The Petition for Reconsideration MUST be filed in the Clerk's Office within 30 days of the date of the Court Order you wish to have reconsidered. 6. Whether you file the petition by mail or hand-deliver it to the office of the Clerk of Family Court, you must file the original AND six (2) copies. A copy machine is available at the Clerk's office at a cost of $.25 per page. 7. Once the petition is filed, you will receive in the mail a completed "Rule to Show Cause" stating the date on which the Petition for Reconsideration has been scheduled before a Judge. You must give a copy of this "Rule to Show Cause" and all the other papers you filed to the other party in the case or their attorney if they are represented. This is called "service." Service may be done by mail or by having an adult deliver a copy of the papers in person. After the packet is served on the other party, you should complete the Certificate of Service form; it must be signed by the person who made service if it was not you yourself. You will take this Sponsored by the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association February, 2015 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com Certificate of Service to the hearing to show the Judge that you provided notice of the hearing to the other side. If the Judge does not grant a hearing for Reconsideration, you may want to consult an attorney regarding your options for further action. TERMS THAT ARE USED IN THE PETITION: PLAINTIFF DEFENDANT PETITIONER RESPONDENT Person who filed the custody complaint Person against whom the custody complaint was filed Person who is filing the Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order Person against whom the Petition for Reconsideration of Custody Order is filed HOW TO FILL IN THE PETITION HEADING (CAPTION). Fill in the names of the plaintiff and defendant in the heading of the petition exactly as they appear in the initial custody complaint. The plaintiff is the person who filed the custody complaint. The defendant is the person against whom the custody action was filed. The plaintiff and defendant keep those titles throughout the case. The Domestic Relations Number (D.R. No.) is the number assigned your case by the Court. You can find this number in the caption of your Complaint for Custody. LINE 1. If you are filing the Petition for Reconsideration, you are the petitioner. Fill in your name and address as the petitioner. Indicate whether you are the plaintiff or defendant in the custody complaint by circling the appropriate term. LINE 2. The person against whom the petition is filed is the respondent. Fill in the name and address of the respondent. Indicate whether the respondent is the plaintiff or defendant in the custody complaint by circling the appropriate term. American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com LINE 3. Fill in your relationship to the child(ren). List the name and date of birth (DOB) of each child involved in this petition. LINE 4. Fill in the other party's relationship to the child(ren). LINE 5. Fill in the information regarding the date the Order that you are asking the Court to reconsider was entered and the basic terms of the Order. You will need to attach a copy of the Order to the Petition. LINE 6. Explain in detail the reason(s) you are asking the judge to reconsider his/her decision. Include all the facts and circumstances that support your request. Attach additional pages if necessary. Possible reasons a judge might reconsider are listed below. Some, or none, of these reasons might apply to your case. a) You were not served with notice of the custody hearing. Had you known of the date and time you would have appeared and presented testimony and evidence to support your position; You were not able to appear at the hearing on time. If granted another hearing you will appear to present testimony and evidence to support your position; The Court does not have the jurisdiction (authority or power) to determine the custody of the child(ren); Respondent did not have a legal right to seek custody of the child(ren); You were unable to fully present your case due to the lack of an interpreter, an impairment or disability, or being denied the right to present certain testimony or evidence; The Court did not consider all of the testimony and evidence you presented regarding your case; b) c) d) e) f) American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com g) The Court changed custody of the child(ren) when only a petition for contempt was pending before the Court. LINE 7. Explain in detail what you would like the Court to do if he/she grants your petition to reconsider. SIGN AND DATE THE PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CUSTODY ORDER. SIGN AND DATE THE VERIFICATION THAT THE STATEMENTS ARE TRUE. American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkFlow.com IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF PHILADELPHIA COUNTY _____________________________, PLAINTIFF vs. _____________________________, DEFENDANT : : : : : : : : FAMILY COURT DIVISION CIVIL ACTION D.R. NO. RULE TO SHOW CAUSE AND NOW, this ____day of ______________, 20____, a RULE is hereby granted upon Respondent, _____________________, to show cause why Petitioner's Petition for (Insert Respondent's name) Reconsideration of the Order of Custody issued by this Honorable Court should not be expressly granted. Rule returnable the _____day of _________, 20____, at Family Court 1501 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, Courtroom number ____, at __