Archive: Publications

The Best Interest of a Child in Custody Cases

All states have some type of statute requiring that “the best interest of the child” be considered when making a custody decision. Pennsylvania’s custody statute, 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 53, defines the child’s best interest via… Read More

Posted: February 21st, 2017

Gender Markers Still Miss the Mark

Jennifer Dumin, The Legal Intelligencer (online) On Aug. 8, Pennsylvania became the 12th state to update its birth certificate policy by removing the requirement of proof of surgery to change an individual’s gender marker. The… Read More

Posted: October 6th, 2016

Common Sense Rules for Parents During Custody Disputes

Lisa Shapson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) Here’s something all family law practitioners can relate to:  a judge, post-in camera interview, relating the children’s version of a specific event or view as to why the current… Read More

Posted: August 23rd, 2016

I’m With Her

Hillz:  letter to my millennial daughters on the occasion of the morning after . . . I know you liked Bernie. I know you like Hillary, too, and that you’ll happily vote for her in… Read More

Posted: July 29th, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Reducing Divorce Wait Time

Stephanie Stecklair, The Legal Intelligencer Prior to the 1980 amendments of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, parties were only able to obtain a divorce by establishing fault grounds under Pa.C.S. 23 Section 3301(a), i.e., desertion, adultery,… Read More

Posted: July 12th, 2016

Role of Schools in Transgender Bathroom Laws

Megan Watson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) The practice of family law often intersects with the LGBTQ community, from adoptions to domestic partnership dissolutions to adult name changes for transgendered individuals. Our practice also regularly intersects… Read More

Posted: July 5th, 2016