How to File a Temporary PFA
Filing procedures for a Temporary PFA vary from county to county. In Allegheny County, you can file a PFA petition on any weekday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the Family and Juvenile Court facility, 440 Ross Street, Room 3030, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
A Court of Common Pleas judge may order a Temporary PFA based on your sworn testimony of abuse. Pennsylvania law requires that a Final PFA hearing be scheduled within 10 days after the Temporary PFA is granted. By contrast, an Emergency PFA expires automatically without a hearing. You must serve notice of the PFA order, usually through your county sheriff’s department.
A Court of Common Pleas judge may order a Final PFA after a hearing. In some cases, defendants will consent to a Final PFA without need for a hearing. A Final PFA may last up to three years.
To schedule a consultation, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390. Spivak Law Firm routinely represents clients in Pittsburgh and all surrounding counties.
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If you are a parent filing a PFA petition, you will be able to request a specific child custody arrangement until the Final PFA hearing.
You can request sole custody of your children or allow your ex the opportunity to see them as arranged by a third party. On a temporary basis, Courts commonly order supervised custody visits for PFA defendants until the Final PFA hearing.
To speak with an experienced PFA attorney, called Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
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