Domestic Relations establishes and enforces child support, spousal support, and alimony pendente lite.
The masters conduct settlement-oriented conferences in equitable division of marital property, alimony modification, child custody and in certain matrimonial cases which require management of special relief and discovery problems.
The Protection from Abuse Act is a state law which gives a court the power to issue a civil (non-criminal) order to protect certain people.
The office of the Prothonotary is the Clerk of the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas and has administrative control over and responsibility for all official documents and records of the family division. It is the duty of the office to record such legal documents as divorce and custody.