Important: Child support laws are different in each state, WITH ONE EXCEPTION. If the person owing child support is in the MILITARY, refer to the the U.S. Government’s rules on military personnel.
Establishing Paternity in PA
To get child support from a child’s father, the child and the father must have a legal relationship. If you were not married when your child was born, you must go through a court process to complete this step. Learn more here:
Domestic Violence, TANF, and Child Support in PA
If you receive TANF (cash assistance) in PA, Welfare will file for child support for you. You have certain rights if you or your children would be at risk for future harm by your filing for child support. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities here:
Domestic Violence and Welfare Requirements for Child Support
Filing for Child Support in PA
Child Support in Philadelphia: Where to Start
Child Support in Allegheny County : Where to Start
Enforcing Child Support in PA
- You must go to your county Domestic Relations Section to enforce your order. Learn where to go here. The court has many tools. For example, it can take child support out of the wages of the person who owes it. It can intercept tax refunds. It can hold hearings. It can put the person who owes support in jail. It has other options too.
- Child Support Lien Network (NOT FREE) intercepts insurance settlements to pay child support.