Family Law Unit

Child and Spousal Support

Many families do not live with all members in the same home, but some family members may still need to financially support their children and spouses. For survivors of violence, or parents of children who have survived violence, receiving support is critical in maintaining a safe and stable life. 

Child support is the responsibility of a parent to provide money for their child.  If you are caring for your underage or disabled child and the other parent is not providing any (or enough) support for you to raise the child, you may be able to get an order requiring the other parent to pay you child support.

Spousal support is the responsibility of a married person to provide money for their spouse to support them financially after the separation. If you are married and you are separated from your spouse, you may be able to get an order for spousal support, whether or not you and your spouse have children.

Philadelphia Legal Assistance only takes clients seeking help with child or spousal support if it is integral to an existing Family Law case. PLA has self-help materials available below to help you file your own case.

Intake Process

Family Law Hotline

Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 215-981-3838.

Apply Online

Apply online for an issue, anytime by filling out our online application. Click the button below to take you to our application site. Note: this will open in another tab in your browser.

Apply Online