Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Adult | Local Rules



Consistent with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania dated April 1, 2020, this Court having originally declared a judicial emergency in the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania through April 14, 2020, President Judge Clark now declares that the judicial emergency be extended through May 8, 2020. The Fifth Judicial District Emergency Operations Plan dated March 26, 2020, as amended, shall remain in effect through the duration of the judicial emergency. Additionally, in recognition of the likelihood that this judicial emergency may, of necessity, be extended through May 31, 2020, it is further ORDERED that any case postponed due to this emergency be scheduled after May 31, 2020, and that the suspension of the operation of Rule 600 be applied to those postponements, subject to constitutional limitations. Cases that can be resolved entirely through the use of Advanced Communication Technology may be postponed to a date prior to May 31, 2020.


Except as otherwise provided by the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedures (Pa.R.C.P.) or by local rule adopted by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County (Local Rules), practice in the Adult Section of the Family Division shall be governed by the Court Manual for the Adult Section of Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Current copies of the Court Manual shall be available at the office of the Administrator, Adult Section of Family Division, 5th Floor, Family Court Facility, 440 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

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Actions for Support Local Rule
Complaint. Order of Court.      1910.5
Notification. Entry of Appearance.      1910.6
No Pleading by Defendant Required. Question of Jurisdiction or Venue or Statute of Limitations in Paternity.      1910.7
Alternative Hearing Procedures.      1910.10
Support. Modification. Termination.      1910.19
Judgment for Arrearages. Execution.      1910.24
Civil Contempt, Office Conference. Agreement, Alternative Procedures Upon Failure to Agree.      1910.25-2
Action for Custody, Partial Custody and Visitation of Minor Children Local Rule
Scope.      1915.1(a)(1)
Definitions.      1915.1(b)
Scheduling of Hearing Date.      1915.3(b)*1
Commencement of Action. Complaint. Waiver. Fees. Refunds.      1915.3(c)
Confirmation of Custody.      1915.3(d)
Grandparents. Third Parties.      1915.3(e)
Service. Rescheduling.      1915.4(a)
Orientation. Mediation. Confidentiality. Mediator. Qualifications. Conciliation. Psychological Evaluation and Home Study.      1915.4-3
Pre-Trial Procedures.      1915.9(a)
Parenting Coordination      1915.11-1
Civil Contempt for Disobedience of Custody Order, Petition, Service, Order.      1915.12(a)(1)
Noncompliance. Contempt. Arrest.      1915.14(a)
Form of Complaint. Caption. Order.      1915.15(a)(1)
Form of Order and Notice, Joinder, Intervention.      1915.16(c)
Action of Divorce or for Annulment of Marriage Local Rule
Complaint. Contents and Filing.      1920.12
Joinder of Related Claims. Distribution of Property. Resolution of Claims for Equitable Distribution of Marital Property and Alimony.      1920.33
Affidavit and Decree Under Section 3301(c) or 3301(d) of the Divorce Code. Obtaining Decrees.      1920.42
Representation of Defendant in Military Service.      1920.46
Hearing by the Court. Appointment of Master. Notice of Hearing. Contested and Uncontested Divorce Claims Under §§3301(a) and 3301(b) of the Divorce Code.      1920.51
Hearing by Master. Report. Related Claims      1920.54
Master’s Report. Notice. Exceptions. Final Decree.      1920.55-2
Proceedings by Indigent Parties.      1920.62
Domestic Relations Matters Generally.      1930
Electronic Filing in Family Division Matters      1930.1