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

Parties and their attorneys, if represented, will meet with a child custody officer to negotiate and resolve their custody case. If you meet certain income eligibility guidelines, an attorney may represent you at this step through the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Custody Conciliation Project. For more information about this program, see the information at the bottom of your conciliation scheduling order or click here for a link to the program flyer. No children or third parties are allowed to be present for the conciliation. There is no fee for the conciliation.

Wear appropriate clothing, be polite and try to be positive and willing to discuss the case in a mature and flexible manner. Try to respect the other party’s position and do your best to work out an agreement that is not about you or the other party, but reflects what is best for your child(ren). You have an obligation to approach the conciliation in a reasonable manner. You should bring with you: your child’s school schedule, your current income information (pay stub and/or W-2), your child’s extracurricular activity schedule, and a proposed custody schedule.

If you and the other party are able to come to an agreement, the custody conciliator will write up an order of court and you will leave with an order of court that day. This will dispose of the custody action filed and you will go no further into the court system.

If you and the other party are unable to come to an agreement, you may: be ordered to submit income information so that psychological/home evaluations can be ordered, you may be ordered to appear at a partial custody hearing, or you may be ordered to appear at a judicial conciliation.