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Family Division Client Services Center and Legal Advice Clinic

http://www.pittsburghprobono.org/Public_Legal_Services/Family_Division_Self-Help_Center.asp

Who We Are

Family Law Center
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
440 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Client Services Center and Legal Advice Clinic assist eligible unrepresented litigants in the preparation of motions and petitions to be presented to a Family Court judge.

All Self-Represented Litigants--parties choosing to access the court on their own or without an attorney--may utilize the services of the Client Services Center (CSC). The CSC is located on the first floor of the Family Law Center and is open every day court is open beginning at 8:00 a.m. The last client is seen at 2:00 p.m. The CSC will NOT be open on Court Holidays.

The CSC offers options counseling with a court-employed Domestic Relations Officer and referral to the Legal Advice Clinic. Domestic Relations Officers will provide a party with procedural information in order to allow the party to determine how the party would like to proceed. Domestic Relations Officers will not provide legal advice or instruct a party as to what they should do. Any Self-Represented Litigant may use the services of the Domestic Relations Officers regardless of income.

The Legal Advice Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys from the Allegheny County Bar Association and law students and professors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law. The Legal Advice Clinic offers legal counseling and advice to parties who meet financial eligibility guidelines and are referred by the Client Services Center. Parties who do not meet the financial eligibility guidelines may still use the services of the Domestic Relations Officers.

Who We Serve

Area(s)
  • Allegheny County
Is this organization accessible by wheelchair?
Yes
Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired?
Yes
Eligibility Restrictions

Everyone seeking assistance through the Client Services Center and Legal Advice Clinic must provide the following information to the court:

Proof of household income (pay stub, bank statement, benefits statement including Department of Public Welfare benefits, unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation benefits and social security benefits), tax returns, W-2 statements, or any other document showing income;

All pertinent court documents or court orders regarding their case;

The address of the opposing party or parties; and

Information regarding involvement, if any, with the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF).

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Pro Se Legal Clinic
  • Other
Description of Services

The CSC offers options counseling with a court-employed Domestic Relations Officer and referral to the Legal Advice Clinic. Domestic Relations Officers will provide a party with procedural information in order to allow the party to determine how the party would like to proceed. Domestic Relations Officers will not provide legal advice or instruct a party as to what they should do. Any Self-Represented Litigant may use the services of the Domestic Relations Officers regardless of income.

The Legal Advice Clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys from the Allegheny County Bar Association and law students and professors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law. The Legal Advice Clinic offers legal counseling and advice to parties who meet financial eligibility guidelines and are referred by the Client Services Center.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

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Address
Family Law Center, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (map)
440 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Documents

Everyone seeking assistance through the Client Services Center and Legal Advice Clinic must provide the following information to the court:

Proof of household income (pay stub, bank statement, benefits statement including Department of Public Welfare benefits, unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation benefits and social security benefits), tax returns, W-2 statements, or any other document showing income;

All pertinent court documents or court orders regarding their case;

The address of the opposing party or parties; and

Information regarding involvement, if any, with the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF).

Information

Individuals seeking assistance must complete the financial and background information sheet, and bring all supporting documentation of income, including tax returns, pay stubs, W-2s, welfare grant information, or any other income documentation available to them.

General Contact Information

Address
Family Division Client Services Center and Legal Advice Clinic
440 Ross Street (map)
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone
412-350-5600
Website
http://www.pittsburghprobono.org/Public_Legal_Services/Family_Division_Self-Help_Center.asp
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