In divorce and family law matters in Pennsylvania, either party can seek emergency relief from the court in appropriate circumstances. However, this type of request for relief is overused. To receive emergency consideration, you need a true emergency, in which someone is at risk of harm or there will be irreparable damages if immediate relief is not granted. In other situations where quick relief is needed, but there is no emergency, expedited relief is often available. Expedited relief is often sought for financial reasons, such as when one person is dissipating marital assets.
Emergency relief is also available in cases of domestic abuse. In such cases a person who is being abused can seek what is known as an Order for Protection from Abuse, or “PFA.”