Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Family | Child Custody



WHAT IS THE GENERATIONS PROGRAM?

  1. The Generations program is a two-part alternative dispute resolution process that all parties are required to participate in each time a complaint/petition for custody is filed.

  2. Step one is an education seminar. The Generations education class requirement can be completed by reading the booklet which can found online at www.alleghenycourts.us/CustodyEducation.aspx. The password to access the book is contained in your scheduling order.

  3. Step two is a mediation session. The Generations mediation requirement will be conducted remotely, either by telephone or videoconference.
  • Parties are required to contact the Custody Department via email at custodydepartment@alleghenycourts.us or phone at 412-350-4311 FIVE (5) days in advance of the scheduled date to provide a phone number or email address where they may be reached during that day/time or the mediation session will be not occur. The case will not be rescheduled without parties providing this information to the Court.
  • Parties are required to contact the Custody Department via email at custodydepartment@alleghenycourts.us or phone at 412-350-4311 FIVE (5) days in advance of the scheduled date to provide a phone number or email address where they may be reached during that day/time or the mediation session will be not occur. The case will not be rescheduled without parties providing this information to the Court.
  • If you provide a telephone number only to the Custody Department, we will arrange for your proceeding to be conducted by phone. Failure to answer your phone to join the telephone conference on your case may constitute a failure to appear and your case will be processed accordingly.
  • You are NOT permitted to record the mediation session nor are you permitted to have any children or third parties in attendance. You must be in a quiet place, free of distractions, and present yourself in the same manner you would for an in-person court appearance.
  • Attorneys MAY NOT be present for your mediation session.
  • If you have been a victim of domestic violence within the past twenty-four (24) months, you may waive out of the mediation session by filing a Domestic Violence Waiver found below. Please send a copy to the Custody Department at custodydepartment@alleghenycourts.us or by mail to Family Law Center Custody Department, 440 Ross Street, Suite 1030, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I’VE COMPLETED THE GENERATIONS PROGRAM?

  1. If you and the other party agree to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at your mediation session, you may decide to turn the MOU into a final consent custody order. If you choose this option, you will be provided with information for a brief remote proceeding with a court officer to validate your consent and process your court order. Both you and the other party are required to email a copy of your MOU to the Custody Department at custodydepartment@alleghenycourts.us in advance of your proceeding.

  2. If you and the other party do not agree to an MOU that you turn into a consent custody order:
  • If you do NOT have a current custody order on your case, then you will be scheduled for a remote interim relief hearing before the Custody Hearing Officer. Please carefully review your scheduling order for all information regarding this hearing. Requirements may differ depending on the scheduled event and the court officer conducting the event. The information contained herein does NOT replace language, instructions, and your responsibilities contained in any scheduling order.
  • If you DO have a current custody order on your case, you must decide if you wish to move forward into the court process. You have 120 days from the date of your mediation session to decide. If you want to move forward to the next step, you must contact the Court via email at custodydepartment@alleghenycourts.us or by phone at 412-350-4311 to request scheduling of the next court event and submit the Remote Client Information Form found below. Failure to do so will result in dismissal of your case.
  • Court staff will either schedule you for a remote DRO conciliation or remote hearing before the Custody Hearing Officer.
  • Please carefully review your scheduling order for all information regarding the court event. Requirements may differ depending on the scheduled event and the court officer conducting the event. The information contained herein does NOT replace language, instructions, and your responsibilities contained in any scheduling order.
  • Attorneys MAY be present at your DRO conciliation or hearing.

Remote Client Information Form (rev. 6/20)
Generations Domestic Violence Waiver (rev. 6/20)