The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee advises the Supreme Court on matters related to the procedural rules governing actions for divorce, support, custody, paternity and protection from abuse.
The committee has ten members: two of the positions are reserved for the administrative judges of the family divisions of the Philadelphia and Allegheny Courts of Common Pleas and one position is reserved for a county court administrator.
The primary goal of the committee is to simplify family law practice by recommending new rules or amendments to existing procedural rules relating to family law matters. The committee reviews legislation and monitors court decisions to ensure that the rules conform to developments in the law and to the realities of family law practice. The committee strives to promote statewide uniformity of practice, to streamline procedures and to encourage the prompt disposition of family law matters.
Committee members and staff speak at conferences and seminars to inform lawyers, court personnel and others of recent and proposed changes in procedural rules related to family law matters. The committee strives to maintain open channels of communication with those who work with or are affected by the rules it proposes, including judges, lawyers, court administrators, domestic relations section personnel, the Department of Public Welfare and the public.
The committee originated in 1984 as a section of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee and became a separate committee in 1987. In 1997, the committee's title was changed to the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee.
Carol S. Mills McCarthy, Esq., Chair
David L. Ladov, Esq., Vice Chair
Vivian Appel, Esq., ex officio
Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
Maria P. Cognetti, Esq.
Honorable Margaret Theresa Murphy
David J. Slesnick, Esq.
Ellen M. Sweeney, Esq.
Honorable Carol L. Van Horn
Ann G. Verber, Esq.
Patricia A. Miles, Counsel
Suzanne M. Creavey, Assistant
|Rule 1930.8. Self-Represented Party||June 05, 2013|
|Recommendation 115 (republication)||February 01, 2013|
|Recommendation 120 (republication)||February 01, 2013|
|Recommendation 121||February 01, 2013|
|Recommendation 122||February 01, 2013|
|Recommendation 123||February 01, 2013|
|Recommendation 117||August 15, 2012|
|Recommendation 118||August 10, 2012|
|Recommendation 119||August 10, 2012|
|Recommendation 120||August 10, 2012|
|Recommendation 115||August 03, 2012|
|Recommendation 116||August 03, 2012|
|Recommendation 112||August 29, 2011|
|Recommendation 113||August 29, 2011|
|Recommendation 109||May 23, 2011|
|Recommendation 110||May 23, 2011|
|Recommendation 111||May 23, 2011|
|Recommendation 104||February 11, 2011|
|Recommendation 105||February 11, 2011|
|Recommendation 106||February 11, 2011|
|Recommendation 107||February 11, 2011|
|Amendment to the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to domestic relations matters as set forth herein||October 24, 2010|
|Recommendation 91 (republication)||February 10, 2010|
|Recommendation 98||February 10, 2010|
|Recommendation 97||February 13, 2009|
|Recommendation 91||October 31, 2008|
|Recommendation 95||August 08, 2008|
|Recommendation 94||May 16, 2008|
Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
Pennsylvania Judicial Center
601 Commonwealth Ave.
P.O. Box 62635
Harrisburg, PA 17106