Frequently Asked Questions


  • What are the requirements for getting a Protection from Abuse order?
  • How do I get an abusive spouse or person of the home?
  • Where do I go to file a PFA petition?
  • I have been served with a PFA, what do I do?
  • Do I need lawyer for a PFA hearing?
  • What is a “Consent without Admission”?
  • What happens at the PFA hearing/trial?
  • How long are PFA orders in effect?
  • Who pays the bills if my husband was evicted by a PFA?
  • If a PFA order is entered against me, how will that affect my future?
  • I have a PFA against me but we reconciled. Is the PFA now invalid?


  • How quickly can I get divorced?
  • How do I know if I am legally separated?
  • Why is the date of separation so important?
  • Can my wife get my pre-marital assets?
  • My Husband has his own credit cards, is this my debt too?
  • Can I get divorced without going to court?
  • What are Divorce Grounds and why are they important?
  • What benefit is there in filing or alleging fault grounds?
  • If my husband committed adultery will I get more money from the divorce?
  • What happens at an Equitable Distribution Hearing?
  • What happens at a Divorce Trial?
  • Am I entitled to receive alimony?


  • What is the difference between physical and legal custody?
  • What kind of physical custody could I get?
  • What is an Expedited Custody Petition?
  • What is the criteria for filing an Emergency Petition?
  • How long will a custody trial take from the date the complaint is filed?
  • What is the possibility of a father getting primary or shared custody?
  • I fled a custody complaint…what happens next?
  • What happens at a custody trial?
  • What age does a child have to be to testify in court?
  • Can I request Mother to be drug tested?
  • Can I order a Home Investigation on the other parent?
  • Should I request a Mental Health Assessment to be performed on Father?
  • Mother is brainwashing the kids and saying nasty things about me what do I do?
  • My kids do not want to see their father…Do I have to send them?
  • Father is not picking up the kids when he is supposed to…What can I do?


  • What is child support calculated?
  • What happens if I am unemployed or if my wife only works part-time?
  • What is the difference between Spousal Support, APL and Alimony?
  • How is Spousal Support and APL calculated?
  • Can I represent myself for a support hearing?
  • How many support hearings will I have to attend? What is the Process?
    1. Support Conference
    2. Support Master Hearings
    3. Exceptions
    4. Remand
  • Do I have to pay for my child's catholic school tuition?
  • Do I have to pay for college tuition?
  • When does child support end?
  • When should I file for a modification of support?
  • I received a pay raise, do I have to tell my spouse?
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