If your child's father has threatened to harm you, you may be able to successfully file for a Protection from Abuse Order against him. I've attached links to a brochure about the law and one to the Phila court system's PFA procedure. If you choose not to take this approach, I'd suggest that you contact Philadelphia Legal Assistance. I've given you their link as well.
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Ms. Hilbush provided excellent advice. I would encourage you to file for a PFA even if you are not able to retain counsel. I've found the court staff at the Philadelphia Family Court to be very helpful with providing the forms and with basic adice on how to complete them. They cannot provide legal advice, but they are helpful with the procedure.
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