Establishing an Order?

How long does it take to establish an order for an intergovernmental case?

  • In general, it can take 3-6 months to establish an order for an UIFSA case. For an IFSA case (county to county) in general it can take, 4 to 8 weeks. For an international case it can take up to a year to establish an order. The establishment of an order maybe prolonged if the non-custodial parent is unable to be served or located. Service is key for establishment of the order. If paternity is an issue then personal service is required.

Do I need to appear in person for an intergovernmental case?

  • No, you do not need to appear in person for an intergovernmental case. Both IFSA and UIFSA allow for telephonic testimony and appearance by video conferencing. For more specific information regarding your virtual appearance, please contact our Customer Service Unit or your assigned Intergovernmental Case Worker.

What date does my child emancipate from an intergovernmental order?

  • For an intergovernmental case where another state has established the order, the emancipation age is based on that state’s emancipation laws and cannot be modified by another state. In most cases, the age of emancipation is 18 years of age or graduation from high school whichever occurs last not to exceed 19 unless the child is disabled. However, some states age of emancipation extends to 19 or 21 and allows for college.

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1. Need to file a new Interstate\Intrastate complaint?
2. Establishing an Order?
3. Modifying the Order?
4. Existing Order----Moving to PA?
5. Registration
6. Compliance
7. Payments
8. Can I contact the other state directly with questions?
9. How long does it take for a case status to be answered?