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Child Support in Pennsylvania

This classroom provides information on Child Support law in Pennsylvania and provides information on how to file a complaint for child support, a petition for modification of child support and a petition for contempt of child support. A video explaining what to expect at your child support conference is also provided.

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.

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.

Adams County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Adams County.

Armstrong County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Armstrong County.

Beaver County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Beaver County.

Bedford County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bedford County.

Berks County: Domestic Relations Section of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas

Domestic Relations is a part of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. It helps the Court establish and enforce Court Orders for child support and spousal support.

Blair County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Blair County.

Bradford County Domestic Relations Office

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bradford County.

Bucks County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bucks County.

Butler County Family Court: Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Butler County.

Cambria County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Cambria County.

Centre County: Domestic Relations Section

The Domestic Relations Section is a Court-appointed office of Centre County Government under the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. The office serves as the Court's child support enforcement agency.

Chester County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Chester County.

Clearfield County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Clearfield County.

Clinton County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Clinton County.

Crawford County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Crawford County.

Cumberland County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Cumberland County.

Dauphin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Dauphin County.

Delaware County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Delaware County.

Elk County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Elk County.

Erie County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Erie County.

Fayette County Domestic Relations

Information on support porcedures in Fayette County.

Forest County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Forest County.

Franklin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Franklin County.

Fulton County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in Fulton County.

Juniata County: Forms and Applications

Forms and applications for use in Juniata County.

Lancaster County: Judge Henry S. Kenderdine Jr. Self Help Center

The Lancaster County Court Self Help Center opened in July, 2004. The main purpose of the Center is to provide one central location where self-represented litigants can obtain some of the information and forms that they may need to represent themselves in certain types of court actions.

Lebanon County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Lebanon County.

Lehigh County Domestic Relations Section

Information on the services provided by the Domestic Relations Section.

Locate Your Local Domestic Relations Office

This site allows you to locate the local domestic relations office in your county.

Luzerne County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Luzerne County.

Lycoming County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in Lycoming County.

McKean County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in McKean County.

Mercer County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in Mercer County.

Mifflin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Mifflin County.

Monroe County: Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section (DRS) is a court office that helps parents apply for child support services, establish paternity and support orders, and enforce support orders. Child support is money a noncustodial parent pays to a custodial parent to help provide food, clothing and other necessary items for their child. Child support may include medical support, payment of uncovered medical bills and contributions to child care costs. The DRS can also help if the noncustodial parent lives in another Pennsylvania county, a different state, or another country.

Montgomery County Domestic Relations

The Montgomery County Domestic Relations Office establishes paternity and determines and enforces child and spousal support orders in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, statutes, and rules of civil procedure.

Northampton County Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section is responsible for the establishment of Support Orders on behalf of children and spouses, establishment of paternity, location of absent obligors, and the enforcement of monetary Orders for Support and medical support. The Domestic Relations Section also establishes and enforces Orders for Alimony Pendente Lite and enforces alimony Orders.

Perry County: Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Perry County.

Philadelphia County: Affidavit of Service

Form from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in family law proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Complaint for Support

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in Support proceeding taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Philadelphia County.

Philadelphia County: Domestic Relations Information Sheet

Form from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section for use in domestic relations proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Exceptions to Recommendation of Support Master

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in Support proceeding taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion Cover Sheet

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition to Modify Existing Support Order (Philadlephia)

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in Support proceeding taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Pike County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Pike County.

Schuylkill County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Schuylkill county.

Somerset County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Somerset County.

Sullivan County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Sullivan County.

Susquehanna County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Susquehanna County.

Tioga County Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section is a Court-appointed office of the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas. The office is responsible for preparing Complaints and Petitions for the establishment and enforcement of child support, spousal support and/or alimony pendente lite orders for the Court. Domestic Relations will also establish paternity when necessary, locate missing parents and resolve medical insurance and expense issues between separated parents.

Union County - Domestic Relations Department

The Union County Domestic Relations Section is a division of the Union County Court of Common Pleas of the 17th Judicial District that is responsible for the establishment and enforcement of financial and medical support of spouses and/or children. Domestic Relations also assists in the establishment of paternity for children born outside of marriage. This office does NOT handle issues involving custody, partial custody or visitation. In addition, DRS employees are not permitted to provide the general public or clients with any information that might be construed as legal advice. If you have legal questions regarding paternity or support matters, you should contact an attorney.

Venango County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Venango County.

Warren County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Warren County.

Washington County: Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County

Information on the Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

Wayne County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Wayne County.

Westmoreland County Domestic Relations

The Westmoreland County Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas takes all reasonable measures to establish and enforce financial and medical support for eligible children, spouses, and former spouses within the limits of the law.

Wyoming County Domestic Relations

The Wyoming County Domestic Relations is part of the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas. It is located in the Wyoming County Human Service Building on Route 29 South, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. The Wyoming County Domestic Relations Office establishes paternity and determines and enforces child and spousal support orders in accordance with Federal, State and Local Regulations, Statutes, and Rules of Civil Procedure.

York County: Court Forms

The Court Forms section of the York County Court of Common Pleas offers popular forms provided by various Court and Court-related departments.

York County Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section is the Agency in York County responsible for all matters involving the establishment of paternity for children born outside of marriage and the establishment and enforcement of financial and medical support of spouses and/or children.

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.

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.

Domestic Violence and TANF Support Requirements

Information from the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association about the requirement that families who receive cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) apply for child or spousal support unless excused for good cause. [PDF]

Child Support Estimator

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

Child Support - Frequently Asked Questions

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

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]

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.

Adams County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Adams County.

Armstrong County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Armstrong County.

Beaver County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Beaver County.

Bedford County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bedford County.

Berks County: Domestic Relations Section of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas

Domestic Relations is a part of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. It helps the Court establish and enforce Court Orders for child support and spousal support.

Blair County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Blair County.

Bradford County Domestic Relations Office

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bradford County.

Bucks County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Bucks County.

Butler County Family Court: Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Butler County.

Cambria County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Cambria County.

Carbon County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Carbon County.

Centre County: Domestic Relations Section

The Domestic Relations Section is a Court-appointed office of Centre County Government under the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. The office serves as the Court's child support enforcement agency.

Chester County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Chester County.

Clearfield County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Clearfield County.

Clinton County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Clinton County.

Crawford County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Crawford County.

Cumberland County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Cumberland County.

Dauphin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Dauphin County.

Delaware County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Delaware County.

Elk County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Elk County.

Erie County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Erie County.

Fayette County Domestic Relations

Information on support porcedures in Fayette County.

Forest County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Forest County.

Franklin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Franklin County.

Fulton County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in Fulton County.

Juniata County: Forms and Applications

Forms and applications for use in Juniata County.

Lancaster County: Judge Henry S. Kenderdine Jr. Self Help Center

The Lancaster County Court Self Help Center opened in July, 2004. The main purpose of the Center is to provide one central location where self-represented litigants can obtain some of the information and forms that they may need to represent themselves in certain types of court actions.

Lebanon County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Lebanon County.

Lehigh County Domestic Relations Section

Information on the services provided by the Domestic Relations Section.

Luzerne County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Luzerne County.

Lycoming County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in Lycoming County.

McKean County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in McKean County.

Mercer County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations/support procedures in Mercer County.

Mifflin County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Mifflin County.

Monroe County: Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section (DRS) is a court office that helps parents apply for child support services, establish paternity and support orders, and enforce support orders. Child support is money a noncustodial parent pays to a custodial parent to help provide food, clothing and other necessary items for their child. Child support may include medical support, payment of uncovered medical bills and contributions to child care costs. The DRS can also help if the noncustodial parent lives in another Pennsylvania county, a different state, or another country.

Montgomery County Domestic Relations

The Montgomery County Domestic Relations Office establishes paternity and determines and enforces child and spousal support orders in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, statutes, and rules of civil procedure.

Northampton County Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section is responsible for the establishment of Support Orders on behalf of children and spouses, establishment of paternity, location of absent obligors, and the enforcement of monetary Orders for Support and medical support. The Domestic Relations Section also establishes and enforces Orders for Alimony Pendente Lite and enforces alimony Orders.

Perry County: Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Perry County.

Philadelphia County: Affidavit of Service

Form from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in family law proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Complaint for Support

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in Support proceeding taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Philadelphia County.

Philadelphia County: Domestic Relations Information Sheet

Form from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section for use in domestic relations proceedings taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Exceptions to Recommendation of Support Master

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in Support proceeding taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Motion Cover Sheet

Form with instructions from the Family Division of the Court of Common Please of Philadelphia that may be used in custody proceedings taking place in Philadelphia courts.

Philadelphia County: Petition to Modify Existing Support Order (Philadlephia)

Form with instructions from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Family Law Section that may be used in Support proceeding taking place in Phildelphia courts.

Pike County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Pike County.

Sullivan County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Sullivan County.

Schuylkill County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Schuylkill county.

Schuylkill County: Prothonotary Forms

Forms for use in the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas.

Somerset County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Somerset County.

Sullivan County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Sullivan County.

Susquehanna County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Susquehanna County.

Tioga County Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section is a Court-appointed office of the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas. The office is responsible for preparing Complaints and Petitions for the establishment and enforcement of child support, spousal support and/or alimony pendente lite orders for the Court. Domestic Relations will also establish paternity when necessary, locate missing parents and resolve medical insurance and expense issues between separated parents.

Union County - Domestic Relations Department

The Union County Domestic Relations Section is a division of the Union County Court of Common Pleas of the 17th Judicial District that is responsible for the establishment and enforcement of financial and medical support of spouses and/or children. Domestic Relations also assists in the establishment of paternity for children born outside of marriage. This office does NOT handle issues involving custody, partial custody or visitation. In addition, DRS employees are not permitted to provide the general public or clients with any information that might be construed as legal advice. If you have legal questions regarding paternity or support matters, you should contact an attorney.

Venango County Domestic Relations

Information on domestic relations procedures in Venango County.

Warren County: Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Warren County.

Washington County: Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County

Information on the Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

Wayne County Domestic Relations

Information on support procedures in Wayne County.

Westmoreland County Domestic Relations

The Westmoreland County Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas takes all reasonable measures to establish and enforce financial and medical support for eligible children, spouses, and former spouses within the limits of the law.

Wyoming County Domestic Relations

The Wyoming County Domestic Relations is part of the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas. It is located in the Wyoming County Human Service Building on Route 29 South, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. The Wyoming County Domestic Relations Office establishes paternity and determines and enforces child and spousal support orders in accordance with Federal, State and Local Regulations, Statutes, and Rules of Civil Procedure.

York County: Court Forms

The Court Forms section of the York County Court of Common Pleas offers popular forms provided by various Court and Court-related departments.

York County Domestic Relations

The Domestic Relations Section is the Agency in York County responsible for all matters involving the establishment of paternity for children born outside of marriage and the establishment and enforcement of financial and medical support of spouses and/or children.

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