About Lydia Terrill

Lydia Terrill has been practicing family law exclusively for eight years. After receiving her Juris Doctor from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2014, Lydia spent over five years working as an associate at a family law firm in Montgomery County. In 2020, Lydia founded her own successful solo family law practice, which she ran from 2020 until 2023, when she joined the Law Office of Christina M. DeMatteo LLC.

Lydia has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for the years 2020-2023, a highly selective given to just 2.5 percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania.

Lydia has chosen to limit her practice to family law, including the areas of divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support/alimony, child custody, child support, protection from abuse, and prenuptial agreements. She has experience handling all aspects of family law matters, from the beginning of the case to the end. She prides herself on her ability to help clients find creative, efficient, amicable solutions to their family law matters, but she is prepared to go to court when necessary.

Lydia is an active member of the Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She routinely speaks and writes about family law matters. In 2020, Lydia published a book through the American Bar Association entitled The Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Social Security, Second Edition. In December 2020, Lydia coordinated a half-day seminar for the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association entitled “Parenting in a Pandemic,” which featured a discussion among Montgomery County judges, hearing officers, and practitioners of the pandemic’s impact on support and custody cases.

Lydia grew up on the Main Line, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated from the Baldwin School and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University. After graduating from GW, Lydia moved to the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, where she fell in love with the Northwest Philadelphia area. She moved downtown to attend law school in 2011, but always knew she would return to the area. In 2017, Lydia moved to Chestnut Hill with her husband to start their family and in 2022, moved to Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Professional Affiliations

Montgomery Bar Association, 2015-present

  • Family Law Section member; 2015-present
  • Sidebar Committee chair; 2022-present; regular columnist 2016-present 
  • Solo and Small Firm Section member; 2021-present
  • Judiciary Committee; 2019-2021
  • 2018 Leadership Academy participant
  • Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) attorney, 2016-2017
  • Montgomery County Friend of the Court attorney, 2016-2017
Philadelphia Bar Association, 2021-present

  • Family Law Section member, 2022-present
  • Custody Committee member, 2023-present

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2015-present

Philadelphia VIP pro bono custody attorney; 2021-present 

American Bar Association Section of Family Law, 2018-2021

Nicholas Cipriani Inn of Court (family law), 2013-2017; 2021

Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court (family law), 2017-2020

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star 2020-2023

Recipient of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Eric D. Turner Award, 2014


American Bar Association book; The Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Social Security, Second Edition, author, August, 2020.

American Bar Association Family Advocate quarterly magazine; article; Consider Social Security, co-author with Kathleen B. Vetrano, Esquire; August, 2020.

Pennsylvania Bar Association Pennsylvania Family Lawyer quarterly publication; case notes;

  • The PFA Court has Broad Authority to Enter Temporary Custody Orders; author, Winter 2019.
  • Superior Court Tells Husband to Pay College Tuition and Life Insurance Premiums; author, Fall 2021 

Pennsylvania Family Lawyer Magazine; article, The Paperless Office; author, November, 2019.

American Bar Association Family Law Section CLE Materials: Marital Torts and Common Criminal Allegations; Common Issues in Marital Torts, contributor, October 2016.

Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE Materials: Evolving Support Cases: Deductions, Add-Backs, Deviations and Discovery; Chapter Two: Income, Add-Backs and Deductions, contributor, September 2016.

American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Pennsylvania Reporter, Family Law in the 50 States, contributor, Winter 2015.

Professional Instruction

Speaker, Second Saturday Divorce Workshop; October & December, 2021

Organizer and Moderator; 2020 Toby L. Dickman Seminar Parenting in a Pandemic; Montgomery Bar Association Family Law Section (virtual), December 2020.

Speaker; Recognizing and Respecting Disability Rights in Family Law Cases; Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, February 2018.

Speaker; Baby Boomer Divorce Issues; Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Family Law Section, Summer Meeting, Richmond, Virginia, July 2017.

Speaker; Ethics PresentationIt’s Not Me, It’s You: Firing the Bad Client; Nicholas Cipriani Inn of Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2017.


Featured guest on Forge Wealth Management video series “Women & Wealth” – May, 2020.


Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Juris Doctor received May 2014

  • Drexel Law Review, Executive Editor of Articles
  • Domestic Violence Assistance Project, Divorce Advocacy Project
  • International Law and Humans Rights Society

George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts, Religion, 2007

Former Employment

Associate Attorney, Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 2015-2020.

Law Clerk, The Honorable Colleen A. Maier, Superior Court of New Jersey, Gloucester County, Family Division, 2014-2015.

Intern, The Honorable Doris A. Pechkurow, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, 2013  

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, 2014

New Jersey, 2015

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