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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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

    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
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  • 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