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Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas - Family Division - Adult Section

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Pittsburgh, PA


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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.

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Family Court FAQ


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, ()


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Child Custody Information  

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.

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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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