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  • Financial Support Resources from PASafeLaw.org

    If you are considering divorce but are in need of financial support, you may be entitled to spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and/or alimony. These resource explain these options and how to pursue them. Content Detail

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    PASafeLaw
  • How to Get Married

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the legal requirements to get married. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • How to Obtain a Marriage License

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on how and where to obtain a marriage license. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Legal Briefs: Collaborative law

    Information discussed by Attorney Whitney Hughes of the Allegheny County Bar Association on the October 4, 2011 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. The topic is Collaborative law, a dispute resolution process that provides individuals representation and keeps businesses and people out of court when they are experiencing a divorce or the break-up of a business. Some common questions and some helpful resources for those interested in the collaborative law approach are discussed. Read More

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    Allegheny County Bar 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
  • Marriage

    Click the link to view Chapter 2-Marriage of the Family Law Manual published by North Penn Legal Services. Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Marriage Counseling

    Information on marriage counseling from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

    Costs to record, or “file” documents such as the complaint, vary from the type of document, or pleading, to the county in which you begin your case. Some court filing costs may be in the hundreds of dollars. If you cannot afford to pay these fees to the court, you will need to complete this form, In Forma Pauperis, a Latin term, referring to someone who cannot pay. Read More

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Same Sex Relationships

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on legal rights and options for individuals engaged in a same sex relationship in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Separation of Married Individuals

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the legal issues involved when married people begin to live separately. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Spousal Support

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on the law relating to spousal support. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.