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

  • Preparing for Your Support Conference - Pennsylvania (Video)

    This video from Philadelphia Legal Assistance explains what happens at a child support conference, describes how child support is calculated, and helps you decide whether to ask for a hearing before a support master if you are unsatisfied with the result of a support conference. The video is part of Philadelphia Legal Assistance's "Make Your Case" video series. Read More

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    Philadelphia Legal Assistance
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  • PA Courts Public Access Policy - Filing Requirements in the Courts (Video)

    Effective on January 6, 2018, a new Public Access Policy is in effect in Pennsylvania Courts. This policy imposes requirements on anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts to safeguard information in the documents they file. The Pennsylvania Courts have released this series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and the required steps you must take to protect that information when filing documents in the courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • 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 Domestic Relations Offices

    This resource from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services allows you to find the location of your local domestic relations office and contact that office. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Local Support and Domestic Relations Office Procedures

    This webpage provides links to information on support collection and Domestic Relations Office procedures in various counties in Pennsylvania. Read More

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    PALawHELP.org
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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

    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 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
  • Domestic Violence and Welfare Support Requirements

    Information from the Women's Law Project and Philadelphia Bar Association about the requirement that families who receive cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance (GA) programs apply for child or spousal support unless excused for good cause. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Women's Law Project and Philadelphia Bar Association