Volunteers Ease Child Custody Case Backlog

June 1, 2014 – In The News
Philadelphia Bar Reporter

Julia Swain and Matthew S. Olesh were featured in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter article “Volunteers Ease Child Custody Case Backlog.” Full text can be found in the June 2014 issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

There is a rising tide in Philadelphia that has nothing to do with global warming or the Schuylkill River. Child custody court filings in Philadelphia have increased at a staggering rate.

According to the Administrative Offices of Pennsylvania Courts, there were more than 27,000 child custody-related filings in Philadelphia Family Court in 2012, more than a 6 percent increase from the number of custody-related filings from 2011. As the vast majority of Philadelphia Family Court litigants are pro se, it is believed that more than 80 percent of these filings are submitted by unrepresented parties.

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