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How do I file for support?
By appearing at the DRS and filing a complaint in the Intake Section. An appointment is not necessary unless you are filing to another state.
When can I file for support?
Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am and from1:00pm to 3:30pm. No petitions are taken after 11:30am on the first Tuesday of each month.
What do I need to bring with me when I file?
A driver's license or photo ID, social security cards or numbers for the parties and children, home address of person you are filing against, if known, employer's name and address of both parties, medical insurance cards with insurance address, marriage license/divorce decree/current Protection from Abuse Order, Current Support Order and Affidavit of Arrears/payment history from other courts (certified copies are required), all sources of income for both parties, birth certificates for child(ren) for whom you are filing, and any paternity acknowledgment forms.
Can I make support payments at the DRS?
The only payments that can be made at the DRS are court ordered purge payments to be released from prison, payments made on non-compliance court days when authorized by the court or requested by your conference officer, or first payment following the initial support conference. All other payments must be sent to PA SCDU, PO Box 69110, Harrisburg, PA 17106, must be payable to PA SCDU and must include your member number or social security number.
How do I go about changing my address with the DRS?
You must submit your change of address to the DRS in writing to: 126 S. Union St., Easton, Pa. 18042, by faxing it to 610-253-4135 or sending an e-mail through the DRS state portal of www.childsupport.state.pa.us
Can I bring someone with me to the support conference?
Only parties to the support action and their attorneys will be allowed to attend the support conference. No third parties, including current spouses will be allowed to attend.
How old must I be to file for support?
There is no age requirement for a minor parent or spouse.
Can the DRS help me with custody and visitation issues?
No, the DRS does not deal with custody or visitation issues. You should seek the advice of counsel, contact the Prothonotary's Office, or you may research information at the law library located in the Government Center.
Is there a fee for filing support?
There is no fee for the filing of an initial support complaint for child support. There is a $25.00 fee for filing modifications and for filing spouse only support complaints.
What if I am not certain of who my child's father is?
You may file a petition against a defendant you most believe to be the father and genetic testing may be Ordered to ascertain parentage. However, if paternity has been previously established you must pursue support against that individual.

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