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Family Court and COVID-19

PLA is dedicated to providing families with the information and legal advocacy they need through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This page describes how to stay informed and access the Court, file pleadings, and attend hearings.

FAMILY COURT IS ENDING ITS EMERGENCY COVID-19 PROCEDURES ON JULY 6, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic had changed procedures for the Domestic Relations Court in Philadelphia. Starting, July 6, 2021 the Philadelphia Family Court is open to the general public and most hearings are in person. All filings must be done in person.

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Need to file a pleading at Family Court?

Filing a pleading in Philadelphia's Family Court can no longer be done remotely. All filings must be done in person at 1501 Arch Street.

Need legal help?

Calling our Family Law Hotline is the fastest way to get legal information or help specific to you. Call 215-981-3838 between 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Monday and Thursday. 

You can also apply for help anytime online.