Q: My mother has filed a complaint for custody of my son.
What do I do next. This is in Pa. Does it cost me money to go to court? Can we do mediation instead?
A: I would seriously consider consulting with a lawyer in your area. You will end up in court, if only for the mediation, if that is ordered in your county. It is unlikely to be resolved at mediation, and I never advise clients to go to court without a good lawyer with you. You will be given court dates, and most likely, you will end up in front of a custody master, who will work with you, her and the attorneys, to try to resolve the case. If it cannot be resolved, you will end in front of the judge. Many lawyers, like me, offer free consultations. I strongly suggest that you sit down and go over the details of your situation with a lawyer in your region. Best of luck to you.
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