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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 96-1925




Amended Rule 93-5 Governing Requirements for Custody Stipulations

[26 Pa.B. 5633]

Amended Family Court Administrative Regulation 93-5: Requirements for Custody Stipulations

   Effective December 1, 1996, no Stipulation relating to Child Custody, Partial Custody or Visitation will be accepted for filing unless the following are presented in connection therewith:

   A.  An original signed Stipulation and five (5) copies thereof. The signatures of all parties must be dated. The ''Order'' approving the Stipulation must contain language referencing the date the parties executed the agreement (see attached sample);

   B.  A self-addressed, stamped envelope bearing the name and address of each party and their respective attorney;

   C.  A Praecipe to Transmit Custody Stipulation in the form set forth below;

   D.  On said Praecipe, the name of the filing attorney and his/her address and Supreme Court identification number;

   E.  The language of the agreement should flow onto the signature page so as to prevent any possible fraud or dispute as to what a party actually signed;

   F.  The Domestic Relations Number of the case must be referenced on the Stipulation as well as on the Praecipe to Transmit;

   G.  The pages of the Stipulation should be consecutively numbered with reference to the total pages in the document as, for example, ''1 of 3, 2 of 3,'' etc;

   H.  An Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit must accompany the Stipulation on all non-married cases if paternity has not been previously acknowledged;

   I.  A complete Domestic Relations Information Sheet must be submitted in conformity with Administrative Regulation 93-4;

   J.  The Stipulation and accompanying documents must conform with all other requirements of the Domestic Relations Branch;

   Those Stipulations not in compliance will be returned unapproved.

   This Order is issued in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. No. 239 and as required by Pa.R.C.P. No. 239, the original Order shall be filed with the Prothonotary and copies shall be distributed as provided by said Rule and shall also be submitted to The Legal Intelligencer, Jenkins Memorial Law Library and the Law Library for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

Administrative Judge, Family Court

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1925. Filed for public inspection November 15, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]

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