Can a PA Family Court require marriage counseling?

Yes. Marriage counseling in PA family law cases can be required by the Pennsylvania family court judge.  The judge may require up to three marriage counseling sessions with a qualified marriage counselor within a three to four month period in the following cases:

  1. the Pennsylvania fault-based ground of indignities is used as grounds for the divorce and marriage counseling is requested by either spouse;
  2. the Pennsylvania no-fault ground for divorce is used and marriage counseling is requested by either spouse; and
  3. in certain cases where there are children of the marriage under sixteen years old.

In PA child custody cases, the court has the power to require both parents and any children over a certain age to attend counseling, educational seminars, or other sessions dealing with child custody issues.

Contact our Pittsburgh divorce lawyers for assistance with your questions when considering a separation from your spouse.  If appropriate, we can provide you with a list of marriage counselors in Pittsburgh that can assist you with marriage counseling.

Our attorneys accept family law cases in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Armstrong County (Kittanning), Beaver County, Berks County, Butler County, Clearfield County, Somerset County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County (Greensburg). Our lawyers accept Pennsylvania family law cases from other Western Pennsylvania counties including Clarion County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County (New Castle), Mercer County, and Venango County on a case-by-case basis.


The statements in this section are based on Pennsylvania law and have been issued to inform and not advise. The statements are general in nature and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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