Message From the Chair

The Family Law Section offers attorneys practicing in the areas of divorce, child support, spousal support/alimony, child custody, abuse, dependency, delinquency, adoption, and same-sex rights the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and skills in this area. We hold monthly meetings at which we present substantive programs, as well as provide ongoing updates regarding changes in the laws, rules, and court procedures. In addition, the various committees of our section hold regular meetings on specific areas of the law and issues relevant to our Section. We promote professionalism and civility by offering our members the opportunity to meet and socialize with other attorneys, judges, masters and court personnel at social functions each year. We take leadership within the Bar by sponsoring resolutions on issues important to our members and clients, including cutting-edge issues to promote everyone’s ability to enjoy fundamental rights such as marriage and custody.

Because of the large component of pro se litigants in Philadelphia County, our Section also works to improve the public’s understanding of family law issues and access to forms and resources to help them navigate the court system. We work closely with the Court to try to improve the family law system and its ability to function with such a tremendous caseload.

Our Section is committed to having a diverse and robust membership, and we actively seek ways to increase membership, including regularly reaching out to the various local law schools to speak to students and by offering scholarships to subsidize the cost of membership in the Section. We actively support the various public interest organizations that serve our community.

Lee A. Schwartz

Monthly Section Meetings

Below is a list of all Family Law Section meeting dates as well as the executive committee meeting dates. Please note that January and July meetings will be held the second Monday of those months. Also, please be advised that anyone is welcome to attend the executive committee meetings, even if you are not on the executive committee.

Section Meetings - all reserved in the 11th Floor Conference Center at Noon:

  • Monday, February 2
  • Monday, March 2
  • Monday, April 6
  • Monday, May 4
  • Monday, June 1
  • Monday, July 6
  • Monday, August 3
  • Monday, September 14
  • Monday, October 5
  • Monday, November 2
  • Monday, December 7

Executive Committee Meetings - all reserved in the 11th Floor Committee Room South at Noon:

  • Thursday, February 19
  • Thursday, March 19
  • Thursday, April 16
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, June 18
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Thursday, September 17
  • Thursday, October 15
  • Thursday, November 19
  • Thursday, December 17

Minutes & Caselaw Update

Resources & Forms

Here you will find links to printable documents relating to various areas of Family Law. These forms and instructions were prepared under the sponsorship of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Family Law Section Mentoring Program

The Family Law Section is developing a Mentoring program in which an attorney less experienced in the area of Family Law can consult with an experienced Family Law attorney for guidance and support.

This program is part of our continuing dedication to improve attorney professionalism and competence.

The Section recognizes that practitioners are understandably reluctant to display any lack of knowledge or experience in this area of the law in front of clients, opposing attorneys, and/or, if they are law firm associates, senior attorneys in their firms. Experienced family law attorneys have much wisdom to impart and can help the less experienced practitioners avoid practice problems.

If you are interested in participating as a Mentor or Mentee, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chair: Joni J. Berner.

CLE discounts available!

Section members are now eligible to receive discounts for CLE programs presented by their sections under a new agreement between the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

The new discount program only applies to programs proposed and presented by the sections and the various committees of those sections. It does not apply to stand-alone Bar Association committees. The discount program became effective on May 1.