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Library of Pennsylvania Family Law Forms

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Joseph S. Britton


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From the  Director of the Lehigh County Law Library:

“Your book, Library of Pennsylvania Family Law Forms, is, in my opinion, the best addition to Pennsylvania legal literature in the past decade…I thought you might like to know that I find your work the most helpful book on family law in our collection—especially for our pro se litigants and younger attorneys. It is a great aid to our reference work and I will buy every new edition for the law library. I do not recall being so excited about a law book in a long time.”

Pennsylvania Library of Family Law Forms is a comprehensive reference book that includes over130 forms as well as the relevant statutes and rules of procedure pertaining to each chapter. Numerous practice pointers from the author explaining or clarifying particular points of practice and procedure are also included. This book is an essential resource for navigating the family law courts of the Commonwealth. Every edition of this book includes new forms as well as updates to the statutes, rules of procedure, and existing forms.

Forms include:

Pleadings, financial affidavits, discovery, pendent lite and other lite motions, restraining orders, injunctions and pre-return date relief, custody and visitation, fees and experts, extraordinary relief, contempt, relief from physical abuse, wage executions, trial, judgement, modification and post-judgement relief, appeals, legal separation, foreign matrimonial judgements and miscellaneous forms.




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  • Brand: The Legal Intelligencer
  • Product Type: Books
  • Edition: 2016
  • Page Count: 700
  • ISBN: 978-1-62881-032-5
  • Pub#/SKU#: PAFAM15
  • Pub Date: 10/29/2015

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  • Joseph S. Britton

Mr.Britton is a partner in Begley Carlin & Mandio and has practiced family law and civil litigation for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of domestic relation matters including divorce, equitable distribution,custody, support, alimony, Property Settlement Agreements, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and other family law matters and regularly appears in court related to those matters. He also represents a broad spectrum of individuals and small businesses in a variety of civil matters, including personal injury actions and residential real estate transactions. A Bucks County resident since 1967, Mr. Britton has long been active in the local community. He has coached baseball for Tri-Township Babe Ruth from 1990 to 2003 and has served on the Tri-Township Board of Directors from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Britton has also coached basketball and travel soccer with Upper Makefield leagues, coached football with Council Rock teams in the Pennsbury Pop Warner league and has been a member of the Council Rock North Football Boosters as well as Princeton University Football Boosters. He has also served on several local fund-raising and golf committees and is a member of Lookaway Golf Club.He has been a member of the Wrightstown Township Zoning Hearing Board since1989, serving in the capacity of President from 2001 to the present and is a former President of the Wrightstown Business Association. Mr. Britton is a member of the Pennsylvania and Bucks County Bar Associations (BCBA), and served on the Board of Directors of the BCBA for two years. A graduate of Council Rock High School in 1975, he received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in 1979 and his law degree from Villanova University in1982. 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

I.          GETTING STARTED

 

A.        Statutory considerations

 

1.         Rules of Professional Conduct

 

B.        Client Intake Form

 

C.        Memo to file

 

D.        Form letter to prospective client

 

E.         Form letter to source of referral

 

F.         Fee agreements

 

1.         Sample Fee Agreement #1

 

2.         Sample Fee Agreement #2

 

 

II.        DIVORCE

 

A.        Statutory authority

 

1.         Divorce Code of Pennsylvania

Preliminary provisions: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3101-3106

 

2.         Dissolution of Marital Status: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3301-3333

 

3.         Property Rights: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3501-3508

 

B.        Procedural rules pertaining to divorce

 

1.         Miscellaneous rules relating to domestic relation matters generally: Pa. R.C.P. No. 1930.1-1930.4

 

2.         Procedural rules relating to action for divorce or annulment: Pa. R.C.P. No. 1920.1-1920.76; 42 Pa. C.S.A.

 

C.        Divorce Complaint - Simple Divorce Complaint with count for divorce

 

 


D.        Divorce Complaint with Counts for divorce, equitable distribution of property, alimony, alimony pendente lite, support, custody and/or partial custody, attorneys fees, costs and other claims

 

E.         Service

 

1.         Acceptance of Service by party

 

2.         Acceptance of Service by attorney on behalf of party

 

3.         Affidavit of Service/Identity for service by certified mail

 

F.         Entry of Appearance

 

G.        Preliminary Objections to Divorce Complaint

 

1.         Improper Venue

 

2.         Lack of Jurisdiction

 

H.        Petition for Counseling

 

I.          Petition for Declaratory Judgment Regarding Validity or Invalidity of Marriage Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3306

 

J.          Answer to Divorce Complaint with Counterclaim

 

K.        Praecipe for Bill of Particulars

 

L.         Bill of Particulars

 

M.        §3301(c) Affidavit of Consent

Counter-affidavit under §3301(c) of the Divorce Code

 

N.        §3301(d) Affidavit of Consent

Counter-affidavit under §3301(d) of the Divorce Code

 

O.        Waiver of Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree Under §3301(c)  and §3301(d) of the Divorce Code

 

P.         Notice of Intention to Request Entry of Divorce Decree (when there is an attorney of record)

 

Q.        Notice of Intention to Request Entry of §3301(d) Divorce Decree (when there is no attorney of record)


 

R.        Praecipe to Transmit Record for Divorce Decree and/or Grounds Order and Accompanying Decrees and Grounds Order

 

1.         Simple Divorce Decree and Praecipe when no related claims pending

 

2.         Divorce Decree incorporating Property Settlement Agreement into Decree without merger for purposes of enforcement and Praecipe when parties have entered into Property Settlement Agreement

 

3.         Bifurcated Divorce Decree and  Praecipe when bifurcated divorce

 

4.         Divorce Decree incorporating Agreement entered before Judge or Master without merger

 

5.         Praecipe to Transmit Record for Grounds Order and Grounds Order

 

S.         Motion for Appointment of Master

 

T.         Order Appointing Master

 

U.        Petition for Equitable Distribution

 

V.        Inventory and Appraisement

 

W.       Affidavit of Non-Military Service

 

X.        Affidavit of Vital Statistics

 

Y.        Miscellaneous Petitions

 

1.         Petition for Injunctive Relief

 

2.         Petition for Specific Performance and/or in the Alternative a Petition for Special Relief and/or in the Alternative, a Petition for Equitable Relief and/or in the Alternative a Petition for Relief Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3323(f) and/or in the Alternative a Petition for Relief Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. § 3502(e)

 

3.         Petition for Exclusive Possession and/or in the Alternative a Petition for Special and/or Equitable Relief

 

4.         Petition for Special and/or Equitable Relief and/or for Partial Distribution or Assignment of Marital Property pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3502(f)

 


5.         Petition for Continued Maintenance and Beneficiary Designations of Existing Policies Insuring the Life or Health of Either Party pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3502(d) and/or in the Alternative a Petition for Relief pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3323(f) and/or in the Alternative a Petition for Relief and/or Equitable Relief

 

6.         Petition for Special Relief and/or in the Alternative for Equitable Relief as well as a Petition for Injunctive Relief

 

7.         Petition for Contempt

 

Z.         Miscellaneous Stipulations

 

1.         Stipulation for Exclusive Possession

 

2.         Stipulation to Participate in Marriage Counseling

 

3.         Stipulation Regarding Venue

 

 

III.       CUSTODY

 

A         Statutory authority

 

1.         23 Pa. C.S.A. §5321-5340; 23 Pa. C.S.A. 3105(b)

 

2.         Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §5401-5482

 

B.        Procedural rules pertaining to custody

 

1.         Actions for custody, partial custody, visitation of minor children: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §1915.1-1915.24

 

C.        Complaint for Custody

 

D.        Motion for Custody Conference/Custody Hearing

 

E.         Custody Stipulation

 

1.         Sample Stipulation #1

 

2.         Sample Stipulation #2 Simple

 

F.         Petition to Modify Existing Custody Order


G.        Petition for Emergency Relief and/or For the Alternative to Modify Custody

 

H.        Petition for Emergency and  Special Relief in the Nature of a Request for Issuance of a Writ of Ne Exeat, Psychological Evaluation, Home Study and Emergency Custody Order

 

I.          Petition for Contempt

 

J.          Motion for Physical and Mental Examination of Persons Pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. §1915.8 and Pa. R.C.P. 4010

 

1.         Order directing expert evaluation

 

K.        Motion of Plaintiff for Appointment of Attorney to Represent Child

 

L.         Proposed Parenting Plan of Plaintiff/Defendant Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §5331(c)

 

M.        Notice of Proposed Relocation in Accordance with 23 Pa. C.S.A. §5336(3)

 

N.        Counter-affidavit regarding relocation

 

O.        Petition to Confirm Relocation Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §5337(e)

 

P.         Petition for Hearing to Modify Custody Order to Permit Relocation Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §5337(f)

 

Q.        Petition for Award of Counsel Fees, Costs and Expenses Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §5339

 

R.        Petition by Grandparents for Partial Physical Custody

 

 

IV.       CHILD SUPPORT, SPOUSAL SUPPORT

 

A.        Statutory authority

 

1.         Support matters generally: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §4301-4396; 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3105(b)

 

(NOTE: §4327 has been declared unconstitutional by Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Curtis v. Kline, 542 Pa. 249, 666 A.2d 265 (1995)

 

B.        Procedural rules regarding Actions for Support: 

 

1.         Pa. R.C.P. §1910.1-1910.50


C.        Complaint for Support

 

D.        Motion for Support Conference/Hearing

 

E.         Petition for Modification of Existing Support Order

 

1.         Petition to Reduce

 

2.         Petition to Increase

 

3.         Petition to Vacate

 

F.         Petition for Contempt

 

G.        Petition for Special Relief

 

H.        Income and Expense Statement(s)

 

1.         Income Statement pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. 1910.27(c)

 

2.         Expense Statement for cases pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. 1910-27(c)(2)(A)

 

3.         Expense Statement for cases pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. 1910.16-3.1

 

I.          Health insurance coverage information required by the court

 

J.          Support Order

 

 

V.        ALIMONY PENDENTE LITE, ALIMONY

 

A.        Statutory authority:

 

1.         23 Pa. C.S.A. §3701-3701; 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3105(c);

 

B.        Procedural rules pertaining to alimony, alimony pendente lite:

 

1.         Pa. R.C.P. §1920.11, 1920.13, 1920.15, 1920.16, 1920.31

 

C.        Petition for Alimony Pendente Lite

 

D.        Motion for Alimony Pendente Lite Conference/Hearing

 

E.         Petition to Modify Alimony Pendente Lite

 


F.         Petition to Terminate Alimony Pendente Lite

 

G.        Petition for Alimony

 

H.        Petition to Modify Alimony

 

I.          Petition to Terminate Alimony

 

 

VI.       PATERNITY

 

A.        Statutory authority:

 

1.         23 Pa. C.S.A. §4343

 

B.        Procedural rules pertaining to paternity:

 

1.         Pa. R.C.P. §1930.6

 

C.        Notice of Hearing and Order

 

D.        Complaint to Establish Paternity and for Genetic Testing

 

E.         Acknowledgment of Paternity, Waiver of Trial

 

F.         Stipulation Regarding Paternity

 

 

VII.     COUNSEL FEES, COSTS AND EXPENSES

 

A.        Statutory authority:

 

1.         23 Pa. C.S.A. §3702; 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3502(e); 23 Pa. C.S.A. §5339; 42 Pa. C.S.A. §2503

 

B.        Procedural rules relating to counsel fees, costs and expenses:

 

1.         Pa. R.C.P. §1920.11; Pa. R.C.P. §1920.31

 

C.        Petition for Counsel Fees, Costs and Expenses

 

D.        Petition for Interim Counsel Fees and Expenses

 

 

 


VIII.    DISCOVERY AND RELATED ISSUES

 

A.        Statutory authority:

 

1.         Pa. R.C.P. §1930.5, 42 Pa. C.S.A.: Pa. R.C.P. §4001 4025

 

B.        Sample Interrogatories

 

C.        Sample Request for Production of Documents and Things

 

D.        Notice of Deposition

 

E.         Motion for Physical and Mental Examination of Person

 

1.         See Chapter III, Form J

 

F.         Notice of Intent to Serve Subpoena to Produce Documents and Things for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 4009.21

 

G.        Certificate Pre-requisite to Service of Subpoena Pursuant to Rule 4009.22

 

H.        Subpoena to Produce Documents or Things for Discovery Pursuant to Rule 4009.22

 

I.          Written Objections to Subpoena Pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. 4009.21

 

J.          Certificate of Compliance with Subpoena

 

K.        Request for Admissions

 

L.         Motion to Compel

 

M.        Motion for Sanctions

 

N.        Motion for Protective Order

 

 

IX.       PROTECTION FROM ABUSE

 

A.        Statutory authority: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §6101-6122

 

B.        Procedural rules relating to Protection from Abuse actions: Pa. R.C.P. §1901-1905

 

C.        Notice of Hearing and Order

 

D.        Petition for Protection from Abuse


E.         Temporary Protection from Abuse Order

 

F.         Affidavit of Service

 

G.        Final Protection from Abuse Order

 

H.        Petition for Contempt

 

 

X.        AGREEMENTS

 

A.        Statutory authority: 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3105; 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3106; 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3501(a); 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3502(e)

 

B.        Procedural rules relating to Agreements: Pa. R.C.P. §1920.1, Pa. R.C.P. §1920.43, Pa. R.C.P. §1920.52, Pa. R.C.P. §1531, Pa. R.C.P. §1601 et seq.

 

C.        Antenuptial Agreement - Sample Form

 

D.        Confidentiality Agreement

 

E.         Petition to Set Aside Prenuptial Agreement and Declare Prenuptial Agreement Unenforceable Pursuant to 23 Pa. C.S.A. §3106       

 

F.         Property Settlement Agreements

 

1.         Sample form #1

 

2.         Sample form #2 (when other side is unrepresented)

 

G.        Modification of Property Settlement Agreement

 

 

XI.       LOCAL RULES