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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
  • Local Forms and Self-Help Information

    For local forms and information for your county, click the title to see the SELF-HELP FORMS AND INFORMATION sub-topic. Counties are listed alphabetically after some generally applicable forms or you can set your location on the page to see only forms applicable for that location. Content Detail

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    PALawHELP.org
  • Pennsylvania Child Support Program

    Link to the Pennsylvania Child Support website. The site prvides is an easy way to access child support program information and case details or to seek support services online. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Pennsylvania EPPICard

    Information and resources relating to the EPPICard Program in Pennsylvania. Custodial parents can now access their payments online using a debit MasterCard ®. Your payments are automatically loaded onto the card and you can go to millions of MasterCard ATM and retailer locations in Pennsylvania and around the world to make purchases or receive cash. Content Detail

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    eppicard.com
  • 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 Terms

    This is a short glossary of child support terms from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for your reference. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Establishing Paternity for Your Child is in Your Hands

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on establishing paternity of children from the department's Child Support Handbook. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement

    Link to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Content Detail

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

    This handbook provides an overview of establishing a support order, paternity, and working across state lines, and how to enforce your order. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services