Nov. 21, 2023

HARRISBURG- An initiative previously introduced by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) that would modernize the way Pennsylvania families navigate divorce passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last Tuesday.

To simplify the family law process, Klunk sponsored a 2021 family law arbitration bill to provide families going through divorce with a voluntary and private process for resolving disputes instead of going to court. The proposal could save families time, money and stress in addition to reducing the burden on our legal system and saving taxpayer money.

“Resolving legal issues among family members can be emotionally and financially draining. Whether property or spousal or child support is in dispute, family law cases can have a lasting impact on all parties involved, especially children,” said Klunk. “This arbitration method not only reduces strain on courts, but stress on families. I appreciate Sen. Lisa Baker’s (R-20) willingness to bring up this proposal in committee where it passed with unanimous and bipartisan support. 

“While this effort was not ultimately taken across the finish line while I sponsored the legislation, I am optimistic Pennsylvania families may receive the options they deserve when negotiating a divorce in the near future,” said Klunk. 

Questions about family law arbitration or any other legislative issue can be directed to Klunk’s office at 717-630-8942.

Representative Kate A. Klunk
169th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives