Family Law Updates during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Safety protocols around COVID-19 may leave survivors of domestic violence more vulnerable. Directives such as social distancing and self isolation can force survivors to be in close proximity to their abusers, make it more difficult for a survivor to leave an abusive situation, isolate survivors from available resources, and may worsen tensions in abusive relationships. 

Protection From Abuse Orders: PLA parntered with Women's Law Project and Women Against Abuse to create a guide to filing for a Protection from Abuse Order in Philadelphia during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) court closure.'

Custody: Family Law advocates created this guide to maintaining custody exchanges during the COVID-19 crisis and how to file an Emergency Custody Petition if needed. 

Safety Planning: For some, more time at home can mean increased danger. Creating a safety plan specific to the COVID-19 crisis may help some feel assured. 

The Family Law Unit is open during this time and is available for intakes Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) by telephone (215-981-3838).