Updated Covid-19 Allegheny County Family Division Court Procedures

Family Division

Child Support, Divorce, Alimony, & Equitable Distribution of Property

-Scheduled conferences and hearings in support, custody, equitable distribution, and divorce are suspended until further Order of Court.

-With the consent of the parties, any matter may be presented to the Court by motion, without a hearing, pursuant to the judges’ procedures on the website, for entry of an Order.

Custody

-Emergency custody motions will be addressed on a case by case basis. For emergency custody motions please contact the court by email at emergencycustody@alleghenycourts.us Monday through Friday between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

-With the consent of the parties, any matter may be presented to the Court by motion, without a hearing, pursuant to the judges’ procedures on the website, for entry of an Order.

Protection from Abuse

-Until further Order of Court, all Temporary Protection from Abuse matters will be handled at the Pittsburgh Municipal Court Building, 660 First Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Proceedings will be handled using Advanced Communication Technology.

-Temporary Protection from Abuse Petitions will be handled during the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M Monday through Friday.

-Emergency Protection from Abuse petitions will be handled from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 A.M. Monday through Friday and 24 hours Saturday and Sunday.

-Final Protection from Abuse Hearings are suspended until further Order of Court.

-Temporary Orders for Protection from Abuse shall remain in effect until fifteen (15) days after the end of the judicial emergency unless otherwise indicated in the Temporary Order.

-Until further Order of Court Indirect Criminal Contempt (ICC) Complaints will not be accepted by private petition.

-ICC Police Complaints will be accepted, and bail hearings will be held before a Magisterial District Judge using Advanced Communication Technology. If a defendant is detained, a bail hearing shall be held before the Judge assigned to hear the Temporary PFA Petitions.

-Hearings on ICC Complaints are suspended until further Order of Court.