Westmoreland County apparently utilizes an initial non-record proceeding such as a conciliation conference which is in keeping with the Rules of Procedure. If you did not reach an agreement at that conciliation conference, the conciliator is to notify the court that the matter should be listed for trial pursuant to Rule 1915.4-3. You may want to look at the local rules applicable to Westmoreland County to determine if you are required to take any other steps to get it so listed.
Custody concilation conferences are a non-record proceeding, meaning there is no court reporter or other record made of the proceedings. Thus, it was legal to proceed in that manner. I would try contacting your local bar association to ask whether they have a low cost program available through the bar association (this is NOT Legal Aid -- many bar associations have these types of programs). Also, many attorneys accept credit card payments and/or offer payment plans to clients.
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