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The Allegheny County Family Division Court has opened up a new "branch" office for child support in Mt. Lebanon.
WHAT DOES THIS OFFICE DO? Plaintiffs can file a complaint for support at the office. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. So get there early.
Parties can also do "walk-ins" without appointment to obtain case information or assistance with cases. Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Also, attorneys can "screen" cases here (though this is not publicly noted).
Parties can attend support conferences and hearings at the South Hills office. In that case, you would receive an Order of Court telling you where and when to report.
Payors in contempt of court can make purge payments at the South Hills Office. The South HIlls Office only accepts cashier's checks or money orders. No cash, no personal checks, no credit cards.
CAN I USE THIS OFFICE? Your ability to use this office is based upon the zip code of the Defendant of the support case. Generally, you can file if the Defendant lives in Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park, USC, South Park, Castle Shannon, Dormont and many other "Southern" locales. A complete list of zip codes serviced by this office is at the end of this blog.
However, you cannot file for support at the South Hills office if your case involves a support agency from another county, state or country. In that case, you would go to the Inter-Jurisdictional Support Department located at Suite 210 of the Allegheny Building, 429 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES: Unlike the Pittsburgh support court, you CANNOT take third parties with you to wait. The waiting area is simply too small. Only parties and counsel may attend. Also, the office entrance is located in back of a strip mall and can be tricky to find the first time. Give yourself extra time.
LOCATION: It is located at 250 Mt. Lebanon Boulevard, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. The phone number is 412-350-5600 and the fax number is 412-344-1459.
ZIP CODES: The South Hills support office takes cases where the Defendant has the following zip codes: 15102, 15129, 15203, 15210, 15211, 15216, 15220, 15226, 15227, 15228, 15234, 15236, 15241, 15242, 15243.