Divorce Hearing Masters

Be advised that the new state APL rules will be effective January 1, 2019.  All new and modification APL cases filed in 2019 and thereafter will be filed in the Domestic Relations Section office.  The cost to establish a new case at DRS is $40.25.  Cases filed in DRS will be heard at a conference in that office and objections to the conference officer’s decision will be heard by the judge assigned to hear de novos.  Any APL case filed or pending in 2018 will be filed with the Prothonotary office and heard by the Divorce Master.  Exceptions filed to a Divorce Master’s report and recommendation will be heard by a judge assigned to hear exceptions pursuant to current process.

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The Divorce Masters Office is part of the Family Law Division of the Court of Common Pleas.  Hearing Masters are appointed by the court to conduct hearings and make recommendations in divorce cases where the parties have been unable to resolve issues involving fault divorce, irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, distribution of property, alimony, or related economic claims.  Claims for alimony pendente lite (temporary alimony paid prior to the entry of a divorce decree) are filed with the Divorce Masters Office, although some are then referred to the Domestic Relations Office.  For a more detailed description of how the divorce masters system works, visit our FAQ page.

The Divorce Masters Office does not provide legal advice or represent individual parties in divorce actions.  Those seeking advice or representation should contact the 'Attorney Connection,' also known as the Lawyer Referral Service of the York County Bar Association.  Inquiries about the status of particular divorce actions and requests for copies of divorce decrees should be directed to the Prothonotary.


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