Family Law

Message From the Chair

It is a great honor to be the Chair of the Family Law Section for 2019! Our Section has a strong sense of community and readily welcomes all attorneys who are interested in the area of family law. We have members who have various levels of experience in family law, and our membership is comprised of practitioners, members of the court and judiciary, educators, administrators, members of small, medium, and large firms, and law students. Our Section is deeply committed to the promotion of professionalism, civility, and diversity as we strive to ensure we hone our legal skills in order to best serve our profession and clients.

The leaders of our section (i.e., the Section Officers, Executive Committee Members, Committee Chairs, and Liaisons) are dedicated to improving our profession and strengthening the membership's knowledge and skills in the area of family law. To this end, we hold Section and Executive Committee meetings each month. The Section meetings include court updates, case law/rule/legislative updates, and often CLE programs. The Executive Meetings involve discussions and voting regarding policies, rules, and any concerns of the Section. The Section's Committees also hold their own separate meetings on specific areas of law and address issues relevant to our Section. Notices for all meetings and programs are set forth via the Section's list serve.

Our Section also upholds the value of mentoring and offers both Peer-to-Peer and Law Student Mentoring Programs. These programs provide important support, guidance and encouragement to peers and upcoming attorneys.

In addition, our Section acknowledges the importance of helping the large number of unrepresented litigants in Philadelphia have access to resources to help them navigate the court system. Accordingly, members from our Section volunteer at the Help Center on the 11th Floor of the Family Court on Mondays and Wednesdays between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Finally, our Section has an ongoing commitment to work cooperatively with the court to have procedures and policies in place which best help litigants have access to justice. We acknowledge that our judiciary and court members are striving to serve the best interests of litigants, and our Section is committed to having a strong partnership with the court in that endeavor.

I hope to see you at our meetings!

Kristine L. Calalang

Monthly Section Meetings

Below are the dates of the monthly Section and Executive Committee Meetings. The Section Meetings will be held at noon in either the Family Court Building (1501 Arch Street; 15th Floor) or the Philadelphia Bar Association (1101 Market Street; 11th Floor Conference Center). Please check the list serv notices to confirm the exact locations of the meetings and to RSVP. The Executive Committee meetings will all be held at noon in the Philadelphia Bar Association in the 11th Floor Committee Room South. Kindly note that the Executive Committee Meetings are open to all members of the Section.

Monthly Section Meetings

  • January 7 - Family Court Building
  • February 4 - Family Court Building
  • March 4 - Philadelphia Bar Association
  • April 1 - Family Court Building
  • May 6 - Philadelphia Bar Association
  • June - Date, venue, and other details to be announced for Spring/Summer Reception
  • July 8 - Family Court Building
  • August - no meeting
  • September 9 - Philadelphia Bar Association
  • October 30 - Philadelphia Bar Association (see notices for later afternoon start time)
  • November 18 - Family Court Building
  • December - Date, venue, and other details to be announced for Annual Dinner and Award Presentation

Monthly Executive Committee Meetings

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 22
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

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 Committee

As part of the Family Law Section's continuing commitments to improve attorney professionalism and competence, the Section offers two types of mentoring programs: Peer-to-Peer and Law Student. The Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program provides attorneys who are less experienced in the area of Family Law with the ability to connect and consult with an experienced Family Law attorney for guidance and support. If you are interested in participating as a Mentor or Mentee in the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program, please click here.

The Law Student Mentoring Program allows current students from regional law schools to connect with Family Law attorneys. The Mentors provide their Mentees with valuable knowledge and insight into the legal profession, while also providing practical advice on conquering the challenges of law school. Though the formal law student mentoring relationship is expected to be for one academic year, many Mentors and Mentees retain their connections for much longer. If you would like to participate as a Mentor or a Mentee in the Law Student Mentoring Program, please contact one of the Co-Chairs below.

Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the one of the Co-Chairs:

Lisa Shapson
Eileen G. Murphy
Judy McIntire Springer