Domestic Relations

Domestic Relations

Domestic Relations is part of the Family Court.

The Family Court is a division of the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas.

Although it has other duties, the Domestic Relations Section is mainly responsible for working with families to establish and collect support for children and spouses.

The Domestic Relations Section is made up of judges, administrators, conference officers, enforcement officers, investigators, attorneys and various technical and clerical workers. The staff is assisted by a large computer system which is used to track cases, keep financial records, and is a tool which helps in the enforcement of support orders.

Child Support Website:
If you are a client or an employer, an email message can be left for us by using this site.

  • Enforcement Division will see clients on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. – noon.
  • Enforcement Division will take client phone calls on Monday and Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Domestic Relations is located across Court Street from the the main courthouse. We occupy the upper floor of the white building with the pillars.
  • There is plenty of free parking throughout the Lawrence County Government Center complex.
  • To file for support, you must appear and bring the following items to the Domestic Relations Section.
    • A photo ID, preferably a driver’s license or a state ID card.
    • Your Social Security Card. (Both the photo ID and the Social Security Card must have the same names).
    • The Birth Certificate and Social Security Card of any minor for which you wish to receive support.
    • A copy of the current support Order if there is a case that is already established elsewhere.

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Representation by an Attorney
What is Support?
Who may request support?
How to apply for support
Preparing to apply for support
Locating the absent parent
Preparing for your office visit
Conference and Hearing
Enforcement of support Orders
Medical Support
Modifying a Support Order
Review of a Support Order
Interstate Cases: IFSA/UIFSA

Meet Our Department

Patricia Kennedy

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Intake/Paternity Supervisor Domestic Relations Work 430 Court Street New Castle Pennsylvania 16101 United States Work Phone: 724-856-7351

Contact Information for Department

Domestic Relations
Lawrence County Government Center
430 Court Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Contact Details
You may appear at the Domestic Relations Section to speak to an Enforcement Caseworker about your case on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.You may call the Domestic Relations Section and speak to an Enforcement Caseworker about your case on Monday and Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE OR WRITE TO ANY JUDGE OR CONFERENCE OFFICER ABOUT YOUR CASE. JUDGES AND CONFERENCE OFFICERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GIVE ADVICE OR DISCUSS CASES OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM OR CONFERENCE ROOM. CONTACT DOMESTIC RELATIONS WHEN YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR CASE.We recognize that some may not be able to contact the Domestic Relations Section during regular business hours, therefore, there are additional methods to contact the DRS.IVR – (Interactive Voice Response) to leave a voice mail message at 724-658-5651. E-mails may be left on the child support web site.