Rule 1910.4. Domestic Relations Section. Commencement of Action. No Filing Fees. Authorized Fees.

 (a)  Each court of common pleas shall have a domestic relations section that shall be the filing office for pleadings and documents for child support, spousal support, and alimony pendente lite actions.

 (b)  A party shall commence actions for child support and spousal support by filing a complaint in the domestic relations section. A party shall commence an action for alimony pendente lite by filing a complaint in the domestic relations section if a divorce complaint has been filed with the prothonotary.

   Official Note

   See Pa.R.C.P. No. 1910.27(a) for the form of the complaint.

   See Pa.R.C.P. No. 1930.1(b). To the extent this rule applies to actions not governed by other legal authority regarding confidentiality of information and documents in support actions or that attorneys or unrepresented parties file support-related confidential information and documents in non-support actions (e.g., divorce, custody), the Case Records Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania shall apply.

   See the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Child Support Program for e-services, including filing for support or requesting a modification of an existing support order at

   See Pa.R.C.P. No. 1920.31(a)(2) regarding the filing of alimony pendente lite actions in the domestic relations section.

 (c)  The domestic relations section shall not require payment of a filing fee to commence or modify an action.

 (d)  Unless authorized by statute, a judicial district shall not impose additional fees in actions for child support, spousal support, and alimony pendente lite. The domestic relations section shall collect fees through the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement System (PACSES).

   Official Note

   The statutorily authorized fees in actions for child support, spousal support, and alimony pendente lite include the genetic testing fee, the federally mandated annual fee, and fees associated with statewide court operations referenced in 204 Pa. Code §  29.351.


   The provisions of this Rule 1910.4 amended May 31, 2000, effective July 1, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 3155; amended January 5, 2018, effective January 6, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 477; amended June 1, 2018, effective July 1, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 3520; amended July 30, 2018, effective January 1, 2019, 48 Pa.B. 4960. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (392610).

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