Exceptions to Recommendation of Support Master

EXCEPTIONS TO RECOMMENDATION OF SUPPORT MASTER
INSTRUCTION SHEET
USE THIS FORM IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE MASTER’S RECOMMENDED
SUPPORT ORDER
These instructions are meant to give you
general information and not legal advice.
1. If you do not agree with the Recommendation of the Support Master, you can file Exceptions.
THE PROPOSED ORDER WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL YOUR EXCEPTIONS ARE
DECIDED. Exceptions MUST be filed by the date given on the Proposed Order. If you do not
object by filing Exceptions, the Master’s Recommendation will become a final court order.
2. Fill in the Domestic Relations Information Sheet (located separately on the Domestic
Relations Division’s website) with as much information as you have.
3. Complete, date, and sign the Support Exceptions (detailed instructions included).
4. There is no cost to file the Exceptions.
5. Make nine copies of the completed Support Exceptions. A copy machine is available at the
Clerk’s office at a cost of $.25 per page.
6. File the original AND six copies of the completed Support Exceptions and one copy of the
Domestic Relations Information Sheet within 10 days of the proposed order by mailing or handdelivering them in person to:
Clerk of Family Court
1501 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA 19102
7. Mail one copy of the Support Exceptions to the Master and one copy to the opposing party.
Keep the last copy for yourself.
8. After you file the Support Exceptions, you will receive a notice of an Exceptions hearing in
the mail.
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9. At the Exceptions hearing, you must fully explain to the Judge specifically why you disagree
with the Master’s Proposed Order. See the brochure “Child Support in Philadelphia County” for
additional information about this process.
10. You may want to take the Notes of Testimony from the Master’s Hearing. If you want to
take them, ask the Clerk how to order them. They must be ordered within 10 days of filing the
Exceptions. The cost for the Notes of Testimony cannot be waived. There is a $50 deposit and
there will be an additional fee after the notes of testimony have been prepared. Payment is made
by money order or cashier’s check to the support master’s unit, 1501 Arch Street – 13th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19102.
TERMS THAT ARE USED IN THE EXCEPTIONS:
PLAINTIFF
Person who is filing complaint
DEFENDANT
Person against whom you are filing
HOW TO FILL IN THE SUPPORT EXCEPTIONS:
HEADING (CAPTION).
Fill in the names of the plaintiff and defendant in the heading of the complaint. The Court will
give the Support Complaint a PACSES number and put it on the copy that is mailed to you.
LINE 1.
Fill in your name, and circle whether you are the Plaintiff or Defendant in the support action.
LINE 2.
Fill in the name of the Master who signed the Recommended Order and the month, date, and
year of the Recommended Order.
LINE 3.
Fill in the last day you are permitted to file Exceptions. This deadline is given on the front page
of the written recommendation of the Master.
LINE 4.
In the last paragraph, explain why you do not agree with the Proposed Order. You should be
specific. For example, you may disagree with the Master because you believe that the Master
did not:
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Properly calculate income and expenses;
Consider special circumstances of the child;
Correctly determine the earning capacity;
Consider the other party’s available additional income.
Your exceptions will be granted only if there is a mistake in calculating income or in considering
all relevant and necessary expenses. The Support Guidelines are assumed to be correct, so it is
not appropriate to file exceptions based on your disagreement with the Support Guidelines.
SIGN AND DATE THE SUPPORT EXCEPTIONS.
SIGN AND DATE THE VERIFICATION THAT THE STATEMENTS ARE TRUE.
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF PHILADELPHIA COUNTY
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Plaintiff
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Defendant
FAMILY COURT DIVISION
PACSES NO.
SUPPORT EXCEPTIONS
1. I, ___________________________, am the Plaintiff/Defendant in this case.
(circle one)
2. I _________________________________, hereby disagree with the Proposed Order of Support of
(your name)
_____________________________, Esq., Permanent Hearing Officer, which was entered on
(name of Master who signed Order)
____________, _____ , 20___.
(month)
(date)
(year)
3. The last day I am allowed to file Exceptions is _____________, _______, 20___.
(month)
4.
(day)
(year)
My Exceptions to the Proposed Order are as follows: __________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
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WHEREFORE, I request that my Exceptions be granted.
Date: ________________________
Signature: __________________________
VERIFICATION
I, __________________, verify that the statements made in the foregoing Support Exceptions
are true and correct. I understand that false statements herein are made subject to the penalties of
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4904, relating to unsworn falsification to authorities.
Date: _______________________
Signature: _________________________________