Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee
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 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.
Committee appointments are typically for six-year terms. In special circumstances the Supreme Court may extend or reduce the term of an appointment. Committee members are appointed by the Supreme Court and are knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure governing domestic relations matters and are experienced in family law practice in Pennsylvania. The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee has nine voting members and one ex-officio member who is identified by, and is a member of, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.
Walter J. McHugh, Esq., Chair
Honorable Daniel J. Clifford, Vice Chair
Elisabeth Bennington, Esq.
Jennifer P. Bierly, Esq.
Honorable Kim D. Eaton
Lucille Marsh, Esq.
Joseph P. Martone, Esq.
Honorable Margaret Theresa Murphy
David. S. Pollock, Esq.
William Schenk, Esq., ex officio
Cynthia K. Stoltz, Esq.
Honorable George W. Wheeler
Bruce J. Ferguson, Counsel
Suzanne M. Creavey, Assistant
Proposed Rules for Public Comment
|Proposed Amendment of Pa.R.J.A. Nos. 101 and 103, Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 51 and 129, Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 201, and Pa.O.C. Rule 1.1||November 15, 2019|
|Rules 1915.7 and 1915.10 are amended||October 01, 2019|
|Rules 1920.14, 1920.42, 1920.45, 1920.46, 1920.51, 1920.53, 1920.72, 1920.73,and 1920.74 are amended||October 01, 2019|
|Rule 1905 is amended||April 10, 2019|
|Rule 1915.11-1 is amended and Rules 1915.22 and 1915.23 are adopted||March 01, 2019|
|Order amending rules 1910.4, 1910.16, 1910.16-4, 1910.17, 1920.1, 1920.13, 1920.15, 1920.31, 1920.51, 1920.52, 1920.54, 1920.56 and 1920.74||January 01, 2019|
|Rules 1910.11, 1910.16-1, 1910.16-2, 1910.16-3, 1910.16-3.1, 1910.16-4, 1910.16-6, 1910.18, and 1910.19 are amended, and Rule 1910.16 is rescinded||January 01, 2019|