Family Law Unit


The Family Law Unit helps clients in matters involving, custody, protection from abuse, and related family law matters.  It does not handle divorce matters.

As of April 18, 2016, the Family Law Unit no longer assists clients in child support or spousal support matters.

Practice Areas: Family Law   Relocation   Child Custody   Paternity   Protection From Abuse

Intake Procedure:

Call the Family Law Intake Line at 215.981.3838 on Monday or Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Callers are not able to leave a message.  The Family Law Intake Line may be closed early if call volume is high.

PLA's Family Law Intake Line does not accept applications for assistance with divorce, child support, or spousal support.

Assistance for immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault is available from PLA's Immigrant Women's Legal Assistance Hotline, which assists callers with legal problems including divorce, custody, child/spousal support, protection from abuse, and immigration.  Speakers of languages other than English and Spanish may leave a message with the Immigrant Women's Legal Assistance Hotline by calling 215.981.3838 at any time.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be LSC eligible and must be a resident of Philadelphia, or must be seeking custody of a child living in Philadelphia.

The Family Law Unit does not represent defendants in protection from abuse proceedings.

Funded By: Legal Services Corporation, Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Pennsylvania IOLTA, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

Job Postings

Bilingual (English-Spanish) Family Court Based Paralegal

Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) seeks to hire a full-time family law paralegal to be based out of and staff the Family Law Help Center.

BACKGROUND: PLA is a nonprofit legal services organization primarily funded by the Legal Services Corporation. We serve approximately 3,000 clients each year in the area of family law and view our family law practice to be an integral part of the war on poverty and family violence.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file for a protection from abuse order?

A protection from abuse order is a civil order that provides protection from harm by family or household members, sexual or intimate partners, or someone with whom you have a child in common.

You can file your petition for a protection from abuse order with the Court of Common Pleas in the county where you live (permanently or temporarily), where you work, in any county where the abuser can be served (i.e., where s/he lives or works), or in the county where the abuse took place.

Articles

Philadelphia Family Court Has Moved!

Philadelphia Family Court is no longer located at 34 South 11th Street or at 1801 Vine Street.  The court is now located at:

1501 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

For information about where to go in the building for different services, see the court's web site.

Professionals

Emilia Golanska - Attorney

Emilia Golanska is a Staff Attorney in the Family Law Unit and the Supervising Attorney of the Guild Food Stamp Clinic.

Yessenia Gutierrez - Paralegal
Deeya Haldar - Attorney

Deeya Haldar is the co-supervisor of the Drexel Civil Litigation Field Clinic.

Susan Pearlstein - Attorney

Susan Pearlstein is the Supervising Attorney of the Family Law Unit and the co-supervisor of the Drexel Civil Litigation Field Clinic.

Diane Rosario - Paralegal
James Tiderington - Attorney
Liliana Ventura - Paralegal
Ashley Walker - Law Clerk
Kaziah White - Paralegal