Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas - Family Division - Adult Section
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Resources for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas - Family Division - Adult Section as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and resources applicable to all courts inPennsylvania.
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Search Court of Common Pleas civil and criminal case records online. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries. Some future docket events will be included. Some Philadelphia Municipal Court cases will be included when searching Philadelphia County.
A call-in system allows parties in child custody cases to learn if anyone involved in the case has been charged with certain crimes. Registration is required, but is free of charge.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Search Court of Common Pleas calendars online. Search results include basic case information with links to docket sheets and court summaries.
Published opinions and orders
View selected Pennsylvania Attorney General official opinions since by author and requesting agency. Full annual and multi-year volumes of opinions from earlier years may be downloaded.
Forms and related information
View and download Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Orphans' Court forms, including claims, inventory, petitions of distribution, praecipe, receipt and release, and satisfaction of claim.
View and download various forms for use in Pennsylvania child support actions.
View and download various civil, criminal, expungement, landlord-tenant, record request, protection from abuse, Orphans' Court, dependency, delinquency, family law, and other forms for use in Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Court. Some form instructions are included.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General offers online and printable consumer complaint forms and downloadable brochures for general consumer issues, seniors, health care, medicare fraud, insurance fraud, and veterans' issues.
PALawHelp offers do-it-yourself forms and instructions organized by legal issue. Some forms may be completed online with an interactive interview process. Instructions and additional self-help resources are provided.
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Self help, legal research, general information
View information about the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas compulsory arbitration program in the Civil and Family Divisions, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to the manual and forms are provided.
View information about pretrial diversion programs in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, including the Alcohol Highway Safety Program and the ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) Probation Program. Links to individual programs are on the right side of the page.
The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office offers information about criminal procedure; domestic violence including internet safety, protection from abuse, and shelter locations; and programs and services including Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for DUI offenders, restitution, victims' rights, Phoenix Docket plea deals, victims' compensation, and witness protection.
View information about services available to victims of domestic violence in Allegheny County, including shelters and court ordered protection from abuse. Select the "Domestic Violence" menu item for a drop-down list of links to detailed information.
View information about the Allegheny County Drug Court and DUI Court programs, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with drug problems or multiple DUI offenses.
View information about the Allegheny County DUI Alternative to Jail Program, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some DUI offenders.
View information about expungments of criminal records in Allegheny County, including types of records that can be expunged and instructions for starting the process.
The Allegheny County Bar Association offers free downloadable brochures including a guide for those turning 18 and a guide to probate and living trusts. It also offers links to legal resources including monthly "Legal Briefs" on a variety of topics, definitions, monthly legal tips, and information about fee disputes. Click the Free Brochures, Legal Resources, Programs, and ACBA Websites menu items at the top of the page.
The Allegheny County Bar Association offers information on subjects of interest to young adults, including rent, purchases, contracts, DUI, social media, underage drinking, credit cards, rights, sexual harassment, controlled substances, texting and driving, and more. A link to lawyer referral services is included.
View information about Allegheny County Mental Health Court, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some adult misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenders with mental health problems.
Neighborhood Legal Services offers free online legal information about various legal topics, including benefits, consumer, disability, education, elder law, employment, housing, family law, health, immigration, veterans, and migrant workers. Self-help materials and informational videos are also available.
View information for parties paying and receiving child support, including application instructions, payment estimates, paternity establishment, a glossary of terms, answers to frequently asked questions, a handbook, and forms. Searches for payment and docket information require registration.
View information about Drug, Juvenile Drug, DUI, Mental Health, and Veterans Courts. These are specialized divisions of Courts of Common Pleas that can set up treatment and supervision in lieu of incarceration for some non-violent offenders with substance abuse and mental health problems. Scroll down the page for links to each type of Problem Solving Court; information includes maps of court locations for each type of court, a list of program coordinators by county, and a list of all courts by type.
Search Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure (General and Orphans' Court), Rules of Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Rules, and Minor Court Civil Rules (Magisterial District Courts and Philadelphia Municipal Court) by keyword, or browse by table of contents. Court Rules are part the Pennsylvania Code, a compilation of administrative rules. Court Rules are found in titles through , the last titles in the compilation.
View information about domestic violence, find links to state and national resources, learn about domestic violence by topic or from a downloadable publication, and find local shelters and other domestic violence services by county.
View resources for preventing foreclosure in Pennsylvania, including local housing counseling agencies, emergency mortgage assistance, and a link to legal aid providers.
View a glossary of legal terms used in the Pennsylvania courts.
View a guide to the court system in Pennsylvania, including how the courts are organized and what types of cases they hear. Answers to frequently asked questions and a downloadable brochure are provided.
View legal information and resources by topic, including consumer, children and families, employment, health, housing, benefits, disability, education, elder law, immigrant and migrant issues, and veterans and military.
View information about mediation, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Click "Find a Mediator" to search for Pennsylvania mediators by specialty and county.
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Search the unofficial version of Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by keyword or statute number, or browse by table of contents. Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes (P.S.) are an unofficial compilation of laws that have not been consolidated by the legislature into the official Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
View instructions and forms for restoration of driver's licenses and vehicle registration, from the Pennsylvania Department of Transporation.
View information for parties representing themselves in Pennsylvania courts, including an introductory video and forms and instructions for custody, divorce, and protection from abuse cases.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers information about traffic and motor vehicle laws, licensing, restoration of licenses, and other motor vehicle issues.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
The Allegheny County Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Center provides links to free legal services by area of law, including family, civil rights, consumer, criminal, health, disaster, divorce, education, elder law, employment, entertainment, housing, immigration, military and veterans, arts and business, protection from abuse, benefits, taxes, and wills.
View information about the Allegheny County Public Defender office, which provides criminal defense, mental health, and juvenile representation to income-eligible persons facing possible loss of liberty.
View information about the Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, which provides a search by area of law and location and a free initial consultation; and Pittsburgh Find a Lawyer, which provides an online referral by area of law or name, legal tips on various topics, information about the attorneys, and a guide to hiring an attorney.
Search for attorneys admitted to practice in Pennsylvania by name, attorney ID, city, and county. Results include attorney status and whether and attorney has been subject to discipline.
View instructions for filing a complaint against an attorney with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. A link to the complaint form is included.
View information on filing a complaint against a Pennsylvania judge with the Judicial Conduct Board. A link to the complaint form is included.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Public Protection Division offers information about its services, including legal action based on complaints, the Bureau of Consumer Protection and its mediated restitution program, a specialized Health Care Section, and the Office of Consumer Advocate. The Bureau of Consumer Protection provides an online complaint form.
The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers offers an online directory search and links to criminal justice information.
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The Pennsylvania Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee. A list of local lawyer referral services by county is also provided..
View information about legal assistance available to elder Pennsylvania residents.
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The corona virus is a respiratory infection of the airway and lungs that has much of the world in chaos. The first case of coronavirus (COVID) was detected in China in December Today, over countries world-wide have announced cases of COVID, which is caused by a new strain of coronavirus, not previously identified in humans.
Over the past two weeks, we have seen the widespread effect of COVID sweep across nations, killing thousands along its path – many health care experts comparing it to the SARS outbreak in ; the World Health Organization declaring COVID a pandemic, a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Initially, while there were a few detected cases in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh residents waited for the dreaded moment the virus would reach its streets. According to the County Health Department, there are currently six confirmed cases of COVID in Allegheny County, but the County believes there could be many more cases. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and other county officials have called for non-essential businesses to close for the next two weeks effective Monday, March 16, Among the list of non-essential businesses are child care centers, gyms, nail salons, casinos, concert venues, theaters, social clubs, and more. Governor Wolf ordering a state-wide shutdown, similar to preventative measures taken in states, such as New York, New Jersey, Washington, Connecticut and California. While these measures may not prevent the widespread of COVID from occurring, it may delay the spread of the virus. Clients and attorneys alike practicing in Allegheny, Washington, Greene, Beaver and Somerset County are now in limbo regarding their scheduled court hearings and the ability of the judicial system to provide appropriate safety measures amid this crisis.
In response to COVID, the Allegheny County – Family Division will be operating at a limited capacity. Effective March 16, , pursuant to President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark’s Order, support conferences, custody hearings; equitable distribution hearings, where a Judge determines how marital assets will be divided; and, divorce hearings are postponed. The Generations program, which is mandatory two-step program for individuals involved in the Allegheny Family Court system, has been cancelled. Parties should expect to receive new scheduling orders for their education seminar and mediation session as they become available. If you are involved in a juvenile delinquency case, related to children between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age who have been charged with committing crimes, you should appear for all juvenile delinquency matters scheduled before the Court, unless you are notified otherwise. If you are involved in a Child Protection or Dependency case, which involves children you are or have been abused by parents, you should appear for all juvenile dependency matters, unless otherwise notified. If you believe you have a matter that needs to be addressed immediately, the Court will be hearing emergency motions.
Additionally, the Family Division will hold bench warrant hearings as planned. Furthermore, if you live in Pittsburgh and are in reasonable fear of immediate and serious physical harm, you may appear in Family Division, located at Ross Street, Pittsburgh PA, and file for Protection from Abuse. Here at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, we understand this may be very difficult times for victims who are quarantined with their abusers during these times, please consider reaching out to our office for assistance.
For individuals with Family Court matters in Greene County, all scheduled court hearings through March 23, are continued. Motions Court on Wednesday, March 18, and Monday, March 23, will take place as scheduled. Emergency proceedings will be heard on an as-needed basis.
For individuals with Family Court matters in Washington County, the Court will be reducing its functions over the next two (2) weeks to determine if other emergency measures are/will be necessary. Motions court will be handled by telephone or e-mail if consented to. Parties are to contact the Judge’s chambers for instructions.
While COVID has immediate effects to our judiciary system, there are still many unknowns regarding the long-term effects of COVID that we must grapple with, such as, how the loss of your job or being temporarily laid off due to COVID may affect child support? Will receiving unemployment during the outbreak, permit you suspend your child support payments? Are parents expected to maintain their custody orders given the outbreak? What we do know, however, is that Family Courts will have to deal with the profound effect this virus will cause. You should anticipate that the Family Courts will be flooded when they re-open their doors for regular business. Family law clients will need to be patient with the number of cases that will need to be rescheduled. We also predict that there will be an influx of Contempt cases amid this outbreak of clients violating orders.
We ask that clients continue to monitor local news for further cancellations to hearings and court closures, and look forward to servicing you as best as we can.
Q: Where do I apply for a PFA in the Family Division Court Building?
A: Third floor, Room # Between the hours of AM – AM.
Q: After AM where can I apply for a PFA?
A: You can apply for an emergency PFA at the Municipal Courts Building, First Avenue Pittsburgh, PA You can also apply for a temporary PFA at your local District Magistrates Office (check for specific times).
Q: Where is fingerprinting / DNA submission in the Family Division Court Building?
A: Fourth floor, Room # .
Q: How do I take care of a Family Division Non-Support warrant?
A: Contact the Sheriff’s Investigations Division and speak to a Non-Support Detective at You can also turn yourself in at the Family Division Court Building.
Q: Where can I find information on filing for child custody or filing motion for emergency custody?
A: During the Covid Emergency Operations, please visit the Family Link at the 5th Judicial District of PA.
Q: Where can I find information on filing for support?
A: During the Covid Emergency Operations, please visit the Family Link at the 5th Judicial District of PA.
Q: Who can I bring with me into the Family Division Court Building when applying for a PFA during the Covid Emergency Operations?
: The petitioner, one person, and the petitioner’s lawyer (if he or she one) only are permitted to the PFA area. That is a total of three including a lawyer. If there is no lawyer only TWO people may proceed to the PFA area.
Q: Where can I go if I’m applying for a PFA and have my child with me?
A: The first-floor children’s room of the Family Division Court Building.
Q: I have a firearm, where can I lock up my firearm before entering the Family Division Court Building in accordance with state law?
A: Across the street in the criminal courthouse ( Grant St. Pittsburgh, PA ). Enter in through the Ross Street entrance and through the door on your left is lock boxes. DO NOT enter the courthouse with a weapon .
Q: Should I come to the Family Division Court Building if I’m not feeling well and have be exposed to Covid?
A: No. Consult with your attorney and the courts if you have a schedule court hearing.
Q: Where can I find a lawyer?
A: Lawyer Reference Allegheny County Bar Association, ()
Before you file legal papers, take some time to familiarize yourself with the resouces offered by your local court. Most courts now offer at least some materials and forms to help you understand and manage your child custody case. Even if you plan to work with a lawyer, it's smart to do some research before you turn things over. When you're ready to find a lawyer, the resources below can help you locate a child custody attorney near you.
Allegheny County Family Court Self-Help Materials
Pennsylvania Resources for Making a Parenting Plan
Allegheny County Free or Low Cost Legal Help
Allegheny County Child Custody Lawyers
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Pro Se Assistance Program (Family Division)
Any individual who meets the financial eligibility guidelines, is not represented by an attorney, and wishes to present a motion or petition to the Court, may consult with one of the volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Individuals can sign-up on Tuesday or Thursday at the Information Desk on the 1st Floor, Family Law Facility, when the doors open at a.m. Persons seeking assistance will generally be seen in the order in which they sign up. The number of people who can be seen each day is limited. Individuals seeking assistance must have:
- Proof of income (pay stub, bank statement, access card, unemployment/workers compensation/social security information, tax return, W2, or any other income documentation available.
- All pertinent court documents/court orders regarding their case
- The address of the other party.
The number of people who can be seen each day is limited to
All individuals are required to provide information, and bring with them, all documentation regarding involvement, if any, with Allegheny County's Office of Children, Youth and Families ("CYF").
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