How to get help with Family Law
The following departments at PLA provide legal assistance with Family Law:
Call the Family Law Intake Line at 215.981.3838 on Monday or Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Callers are not able to leave a message. The Family Law Intake Line may be closed early if call volume is high.
Assistance for immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault is available from PLA's Immigrant Women's Legal Assistance Hotline, which assists callers with legal problems including divorce, custody, child/spousal support, protection from abuse, and immigration. Speakers of languages other than English and Spanish may leave a message with the Immigrant Women's Legal Assistance Hotline by calling 215.981.3838 at any time.
See the First Judicial District's court forms page for PDF court forms for use in custody, support, and protection from abuse cases.
This brochure explains how to file for divorce in Philadelphia.
A 54-page guide and an on-line quiz for teen parents about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to paternity, child custody, child support, protection from abuse, and emancipation.
This is a list of organizations that provide assistance with family law cases.
The Women's Law Project offeres a variety of self-help materials in the area of Family Law.
This video explains the court process for obtaining a Protection From Abuse Order. Developed by Philadelphia Legal Assistance as part of its Make Your Case video series.
This brochure explains what paternity is and how it is determined.
The Philadelphia Self-Help No-Fault Divorce Manual is a 166-page guide to filing for a "no-fault" divorce by yourself.
This guide is intended to give basic information under Pennsylvania law about custody of children and how to plan for and or deal with a change in circumstances due to a parent’s sudden or expected absence or inability to care for her/his children. Available in Spanish.
This video explains what happens at a child custody hearing, describes the "best interest of the child" standard, and gives you tips on how to obtain the custody order you want. Developed by Philadelphia Legal Assistance as part of its Make Your Case video series.
This video explains what happens at a child support conference, describes how child support is calculated, and helps you decide whether to ask for a hearing before a support master if you are unsatisfied with the result of a support conference. Developed by Philadelphia Legal Assistance as part of its Make Your Case video series.
The Family Court Help Center is a room in the Philadelphia Family Court where people with family court cases can receive free legal information from knowledgable volunteers.
This guide explains the services available at the Help Center.
Deeya Haldar is the co-supervisor of the Drexel Civil Litigation Field Clinic.