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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Child Support and Paternity issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvania: Complaint for Support

    This will link you to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a "Complaint for Support," which you can use if you want support for your children (child support) and/or support for yourself (spousal support). You must file separate complaints against each father. The site will ask you a series of questions about your situation and then create a complaint for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. The complaint can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. Read More

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Pennsylvania: Petition to Modify Support

    This will link you to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a "Petition To Modify Support," which you can use if you are a party to a current support order and you want to ask for a change (increase/decrease) or to stop the order. The site will ask you a series of questions about your situation and then create a petition for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. The petition can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. Read More

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Pennsylvania: Petition for Contempt of Support

    This will link you to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a "Petition for Contempt of Support," which you can use if you are a party to a current support order and the other party violates the order. If you also want to change the support order, you must file a Petition To Modify Support in addition to a Petition for Contempt of Support. The site will ask you a series of questions about your situation and then create a petition for YOU based on YOUR ANSWERS. The petition can then be printed and filed in your local court. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. Read More

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Child Support

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on child support law. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
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  • Support Law in Pennsylvania

    General information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association about support law in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • A Handbook for Military Families - Helping You with Child Support

    This handbook from the Office of Child Support Enforcement provides information a military family might need regarding paternity establishment, child support, access/visitation, and child custody. [PDF] Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Child Support

    Click the link to view Chapter 8-Child Support of the Family Law Manual published by North Penn Legal Services. Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Child Support

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. about child support obligations in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Child Support

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on the payment of child support. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Child Support

    Fact sheet from the Youth Justice Project on issues relating to child support. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Youth Justice Project
  • Child Support

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on child support law from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Child Support Estimator

    This tool can be used to estimate the amount of your monthly child support amount. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Child Support Program
  • Child Support - Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently asked questions from the Pennsylvania Child Support Program regarding child support in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Child Support Program
  • Child Support Handbook

    This Handbook from the Office of Child Support Enforcement is a guide to help you get child support. You'll find the steps to follow to establish fatherhood, obtain a support order, and collect the support due, whether you are working with your state, local, or tribal child support program or your own attorney. [PDF] Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Child Support Law Overview (NW Pennsylvania)

    Information on child support for northwestern Pennsylvania residents, how to get or change an order, and how the support is calculated. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services