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Michael E. Bertin

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Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Contact Information

Office:
1500 Market Street, Suite 3400
Centre Square West
Philadelphia PA 19102
Work 215-665-3280
Fax 214-665-3165


Practice State

Pennsylvania

Introduction

Michael E. Bertin has an active family law practice. He handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, including divorce, custody, support, alimony, property distribution, prenuptial agreements and related issues. Divorce and child custody issues in particular are some of the most emotional and complex of all the legal issues facing people today. Mr. Bertin provides his clients with step-by-step guidance to reach resolutions that protect the interests of his clients and their children. Mr. Bertin, also an in-demand author, co-wrote the book on Pennsylvania child custody law. His book, Pennsylvania Child Custody Law, Practice, and Procedure, consists of carefully condensed law and forms that keeps attorneys and the courts current on all areas of Pennsylvania child custody law.

Emphasis

Traditional Client Representation and Litigation

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Counties

  • Bucks, Pennsylvania
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Delaware, Pennsylvania
  • Montgomery, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education

● Temple University School of Law (JD); ● University of Pittsburgh (BA, cum laude)

Legal Organizations

Philadelphia Bar Association: ● Chair, Family Law Section, 2013. ● Chair-Elect, Family Law Section, 2012. ● Treasurer, Family Law Section, 2011. ● Secretary, Family Law Section, 2010. ● Executive Committee, Family Law Section, 2007-09, 2014-present. ● Co-Chair, Custody Committee, Family Law Section, 2005-present. ● Member, Board of Governors, 2012. ●Pennsylvania Bar Association: ● Second Vice Chair, Family Law Section, 2016 - Present ● Secretary, Family Law Section, 2015 - 2016 ● Treasurer, Family Law Section, 2014 - 2015 ● Executive Committee, Family Law Section, 2009, 2014-Present. ● Council, Family Law Section, 2004 – 2007; 2008 – 2011; 2013-present. ● Co-Chair, Program Committee, Family Law Section, 2008. ● Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, Family Law Section, 2012-13. ● Chair, Procedural Rules Committee, Family Law Section, 2013 – 2014. ● Zone One Delegate, House Of Delegates, 2015-present

Awards

● Best Lawyers In America, 2015-present. ● Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2014-present. ● Receiving an AV ® preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, indicating preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards, 2014-present. ● Ten Leaders in Divorce Law, Age 45 & Under, Greater Philadelphia Region, Ten Leaders Cooperative, 2012-present. ● Pennsylvania “Rising Star,” 2006-2013. ● Recipient of a 2011 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for contributions and work with the PBA Family Law Section to enact new custody legislation. ● One of 35 Pennsylvania attorneys selected by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly as a “2007 Lawyer on the Fast Track,” an honor recognizing the future leaders of Pennsylvania’s legal community.

CLE Presentations

● Course planner and moderator for the recurring Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar titled "Family Law in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, & Montgomery Counties," held every two years at two separate locations (2014, 2012, 2010, 2008). ● Presenter/lecturer, “Evolving Support Cases, Deductions, Add-Backs, Deviations and Discovery,” in Mechanicsburg, PA (9/20/16), and Philadelphia, PA (9/28/16) ● Presenter/lecturer, "Ethical Quandaries" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 11th Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA (April 19-20, 2016) ● Presenter/lecturer, "Hot Tips in Support" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 11th Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA (April 19-20, 2016) ● Presenter/lecturer, PBI seminar “20 Hot Tips in Family Law” (May 21, 2015) ● Guest lecturer, Family Law Clinic at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (April 1, 2015) ● Co-presented the Child Custody Law Update to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association (March 2, 2015). ● Presented at the Philadelphia Volunteer’s for the Indigent Program’s “Advanced Divorce Training: Equitable Distribution” CLE Seminar (November 2014). ● Presented the Rules Update at the 2014 Summer Meeting of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in Cambridge, MD (July 2014). ● Presented the Rules Update at the 2014 Winter Meeting of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in Philadelphia, PA (January 2014). ● Presented at the Temple University Beasley School of Law Family Law Society's Career Panel (November 2013). ● Co-Presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute program: Pennsylvania’s Custody Statute: Over Two Years Later and Still Evolving (August 2013). ● Co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute program: Evidentiary Challenges in Family Law - Traditional and Electronic Communications (Aug.1, 2013). ● Lectured at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 8th Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA on the topic of GALs and Counsel for Children (April 22, 2013). ● Lectured at the Advanced Training for Family Mediators - hosted by Good Shepherd Mediation Center (April 12, 2013). ● Co-presented the child custody case law update to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association on February 4, 2013. ● Hosted and lectured the Philadelphia Divorce Practice Training Program for attorneys volunteering in the Volunteers for the Indigent Program on December 7, 2012. ● Presented both the plenary lecture: "Custody: A Year’s Experience" and the Equitable Distribution and Support Case Law Updates at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 7th Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA (April 19, 2012). ● Co-presented a program on the appellate child custody cases decided since the enactment of the new custody statute, the proposed rules of civil procedure regarding custody, and the steps that Philadelphia County Family Court has taken to implement the new custody statute to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association (January 9, 2012). ● Moderated a program on "Age Appropriate Custody Schedules" (December 13, 2011). ● Presented a seminar on civility in the practice of family law at the October 11, 2011 meeting of the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn Of Court for family law. ● Lectured on the practice of family law at the inaugural Family Law Society meeting at Temple University Beasley School of Law (October 4, 2011). ● Presented: "Introduction to Pennsylvania's New Child Custody Law and Parenting Plans" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 6th Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA (April 13, 2011). ● Lectured on the new custody laws effective January 24, 2011 on a Pennsylvania Bar Institute webinar. (December 21, 2010) and again to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association (January 10, 2011). ● Lectured on the Children and Family Law Panel sponsored by the Child Advocacy Law Association and Family Law Society at Villanova University Law School (April 6, 2010). ● Moderated a program on "Age Appropriate Custody Orders" (March 12, 2010). ● Co-presented: "A Year In Review: Custody Issues of 2009" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section (February 2010 Meeting). ● Co-presented a program on Custody Evaluations at the meeting of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court (February 3, 2009). ● Co-presented a "hot topics" program at a joint Inn of Court meeting (March 2, 2010). ● Guest lecturer at Penn State Abington for an Applied Social Psychology class addressing the interplay between Family Law and Social Psychology (October 29, 2009). ● Co-presented: "A Year In Review: Custody Issues of 2008" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section January 2009 Meeting. ● Co-presented an ethics seminar at the meeting of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court (November 5, 2008). ● Course Planner and Moderator for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar titled: "A Look Inside: 3 Experts Discuss the Rorschach Test, Bricklin Test, and the MMPI," (September 25, 2008). ● Co-presented: "E-Discovery" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 3rd Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA (April 10, 2008). ● Co-presented: "A Year In Review: Custody Issues of 2007" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section February 2008 Meeting. ● Presented "Financial Discovery & Disclosure: The Importance of Gathering and Recording Financial Information for Divorce Settlements and Equitable Distribution" at the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals Education Conference in Philadelphia, PA (October 5, 2007). ● Co-presented "Direct and Cross Examination of a Custody Evaluator" at the meeting of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court (October 3, 2007). ● Co-presented "Prepping Your Client for Their Custody Evaluation" at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section 2007 Summer Meeting in Cambridge, MD. ● Presented the "Divorce Potpourri" program at the January 2007 Doris Jonas Freed American Inn Of Court meeting. ● Presented "The Hottest Custody Issues in 2006" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section January 2007 Meeting. ● Presented a custody lecture at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library (September, 2006). ● Presented "The Fine Points of Custody Relocation and the Differences between the UCCJA and the UCCJEA" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section May 2006 Meeting. ● Presented "Emotional Distress Torts" at the Domestic Torts Seminar, at the joint October 2005 Inn of Court Meeting. ● Co-presented the Child Custody Relocation Case Law Update at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section May 2005 Meeting. ● Presented "Analyzing your Potential Relocation Case" at the Pennsylvania Bar Association's 2003 Family Law Potpourri in Philadelphia, PA. ● Moderated the Case Law Updates at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section 2011 Winter Meeting in Lancaster, PA, 2006 Winter Meeting in Pittsburgh, and 2003 Summer Meeting in Philadelphia. ● Presented and authored the Child Custody Law Updates at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section 2002 Winter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA., and 2001 Summer Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Author

Authorship of Major treatise: Bertin & Bertin, Pennsylvania Child Custody Law, Practice, and Procedure (Bisel, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Articles: The Legal Intelligencer: ● Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child, Vol. 254, No. 76 (October 18, 2016); ● Social Security Benefits and the Modification of Alimony, Vol. 254, No. 32 (August 16, 2016); ● $10,000 Agreement if Petition to Modify Custody Upheld, Vol. 253, No. 119 (June 21, 2016); ● Court May Modify Custody Without Petition to Modify, Vol. 253, No. 75 (April 19, 2016);● “Unique Case of Stepparent Owing Child Support to Stepchildren,” Vol. 253, No. 30 (Feb. 13, 2016); ● "Primary Custody of Child Not Required During School Year," Vol. 252, No. 92 (Nov. 9, 2015); ● "Child Custody Order Inconsistent With Factors Analysis Reversed," Vol. 252, No. 48 (Sept. 8, 2015); ● "Jurisdiction, Counsel Fees in Child Custody Revisited by Court," Vol. 252, No. 9 (July 14, 2015); ● “Child Custody Orders Must Be Separate Written Orders,” Vol. 251, No. 90 (May 12, 2015); ● “Failure to Object to Court Procedure Waives Issue on Appeal,” Vol. 251, No. 44 (March 10, 2015); ● “Court Analyzes Jurisdiction to Modify Custody Order Under UCCJEA,” Vol. 251, No. 7 (Jan. 13, 2015); ● “Counsel Fees Statute Analyzed by Court in Child Custody Case,” Vol 250, No. No. 94 (Nov. 11, 2014); ● “Child Support During College Enforced Pursuant to Contract,” Vol 250, No. 49 (Sept. 9, 2014); ● “Superior Court Further Refines Standing in Child Custody Cases,” Vol. 250, No. 5 (July 8, 2014); ● “Analysis of Child Custody Factors in Awards on Subsidiary Issues,” Vol. 249, No. 92 (May 13, 2014); ● “Forced Sex During Marriage Warrants PFA Order, Court Rules,” Vol. 249, No. 47 (March 11, 2014); ● “Monthly Disability Payments Not Considered Marital Property,” Vol. 249, No. 9 (Jan. 14, 2014); ● “Doctrine of Paternity by Estoppel and Child Custody,” Vol. 248, No. 113 (Dec. 10, 2013); ● “Highlighting the Revisions to the Child Custody Rules,” Vol. 248, No. 70 (Oct. 8, 2013); ● “Child Relocation Decisions to be Explained Near Time of Ruling,” Vol. 248, No. 31 (Aug. 13, 2013); ● “Gifts May Warrant Deviation in Child Support Calculation,” Vol. 247, No. 112 (June 11, 2013); ● “Sole Legal Custodian's Decision Cannot Be Challenged by Other Parent,” Vol. 247, No. 68 (April 9, 2013); ● “De Novo Review Required of Parenting Coordination Decisions,” Vol. 247, No. 29 (Feb. 12, 2013); ● “Error to Modify Custody at Contempt Hearing Without Petition Pending,” Vol. 246, No. 113 (Dec. 11, 2012); ● “Superior Court Further Analyzes Relocation Under New Custody Statute,” Vol. 246, No. 70 (Oct. 9, 2012); ● "Superior Court Analyzes Entitlement Defense in Spousal Support Case," Vol. 246, No. 31 (Aug. 14, 2012); ● “Another Change to Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws,” Vol. 245, No. 115 (June 14, 2012); ● "Declaratory Judgment in Divorce Action Unappealable, Court Rules" Vol. 245 No. 69 (April 10, 2012); ● "Superior Court Analyzes Relocation Under New Custody Act," Vol. 244, No. 113 (Dec. 13, 2011); ● "Money Received From Will Contest Not Considered Marital Property," Vol. 244, No.71 (Oct. 11, 2011); ● “Superior Court Weighs in on Jurisdictional Issues in Child Custody,” Vol. 244, No. 27 (Aug. 9, 2011); ● "Panel Denies Credit for "Time Served" in Child Support Civil Contempt," Vol. 243, No. 114 (June 14, 2011); ● "Standing Found in Abuse Case Where Parties Dated Twice," Vol. 243, No. 71 (April 13, 2011); ● "New Child Custody Act Ushers in Sweeping Changes," Vol. 243, No. 26 (Feb. 8, 2011); ● "Support Order Increased Without Cross-Petition to Modify,” Vol. 242, No. 115 (Dec. 14, 2010); ● "Tax Ramifications and Costs in Equitable Distribution," Vol. 242, No. 71 (Oct. 11, 2010); ● "Local Customs and Practices Cannot Determine Custody Cases," Vol. 242, No. 28 (Aug. 10, 2010); ● "Late Custody Case 1925(b) Statement Deemed Waived on Appeal," Vol. 241, No. 108 (June 7, 2010); ● "Jurisdiction and Inconvenient Forum Under the UCCJEA," Vol. 241, No. 70 (April 13, 2010); ● "Changes in New Pennsylvania Support Guidelines," Vol. 241, No. 26 (Feb. 9, 2010); ● "Enforcing Mortgage Payment Provision in a Postnuptial Agreement," Vol. 240, No. 113 (Dec. 8, 2009); ● "Calculating Child Support: Private School, Stock Options, Perks and 401(K)s," Vol. 240, No. 78 (Oct. 19, 2009); ● "Entire Amount of Attorney Fees Request Warranted in Child Support Case," Vol. 240, No. 30 (Aug. 11, 2009); ● "Superior Court Rules Child Support May Survive Payor’s Death," Vol. 239, No. 110 (June 9, 2009); ● "Custody Jurisdiction Lost, Though Parent Remains in Pa.," Vol. 239, No. 71 (April 14, 2009); ● "Incarceration Terminates Child Support, Remits Arrears in Plunkard," Vol. 239, No. 27 (Feb. 10, 2009); ● "Court Orders Attorney Fees in Child Custody Contempt Case," Vol. 238, No. 112 (Dec. 9, 2008); ● "Court Enforces Rules for In Camera Interviews With Children," Vol. 238, No. 74 (Oct. 14, 2008); ● "Unincorporated Divorce Property Settlement Agreement Enforceable," Vol. 238, No. 30 (Aug. 12, 2008); ● "Statute Requires Collection of Child Support Arrears From Injury Settlement," Vol. 237, No. 112 (June 10, 2008); ● "Child Support Modification Retroactive to Date of Misrepresentation," Vol. 237, No. 68 (April 8, 2008); ● "Child Support Ordered for 19-Year-Old With Physical Disability," Vol. 237, No. 29 (Feb. 12, 2008); ● "Incarceration Now a Change in Circumstances to Modify Child Support," Vol. 236, No. 113 (Dec. 11, 2007); ● "Sexual Assault Alone Does Not Establish Standing in Protection From Abuse Cases," Vol. 236, No. 70 (Oct. 9, 2007); ● "Supplemental-Needs Trust Is Considered Income in Child-Support Case," Vol. 236, No. 31 (Aug. 14, 2007); ● "First Impression: Bifurcation Under the Amended Divorce Code," Vol. 235, No. 113 (June 12, 2007); ● "Sensitivity Is Paramount In Fight Over Child's Remains," Vol. 235, No. 69 (April 10, 2007); ● "Superior Court Denies In-State Child-Relocation Request," Vol. 235, No. 30 (Feb. 13, 2007); ● "Superior Court Says No to Netherlands Child Relocation Request," Vol. 234, No. 69 (Oct. 10, 2006); ● "Best Interest of Child Paramount in Denial of Relocation Petition," Vol. 233, No. 87 (May 5, 2006); ● "Nonbiological Grandparents Granted Standing in Child Custody Case," Vol. 233, No. 26 (Feb. 8, 2006); ● "Presumption in Favor of Biological Parent in Same-Sex Custody Dispute," Vol. 232, No. 231 (Nov. 30, 2005); and ● "Disclosure Provision Has Pivotal Part In Validating Marital Agreement," Vol. 232, No. 205 (Oct. 21, 2005). Pennsylvania Law Weekly: ● “Accrual Date Decides If Settlement, Award Are Marital Property,” Vol. XXXV, No. 8 (Pa. Law Weekly, Feb. 21, 2012); Philadelphia Lawyer magazine: ● "Finding the Fit, The Continuing Controversy Over Custody Evaluations in Child Custody Cases," The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, Vol. 68, No. 4, Winter 2006. Philadelphia Bench Bar Written Materials: ● Custody Update for the 2005 Philadelphia County Bench Bar Conference AAML Annual Meeting written materials: ● "A Practitioner's Guide To Child Relocation," by Shainberg and Bertin, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, Nov. 2002 Pennsylvania Family Lawyer: ● “Bankruptcy and the Discharge of Legal Fees,” Vol. 36, No. 1 (April 2014) ● “Superior Court Analyzes Entitlement Defense in Spousal Support Case,” Vol. 34, No. 4 (Dec. 2012) ● “Superior Court Further Analyzes Relocation Under New Custody Statute,” Vol. 34, No. 4 (Dec. 2012) ● “Court Rules Declaratory Judgment in Divorce Action Not Appealable,” Vol. 34, No. 2 (June 2012) ● "Money Received From Will Contest Not Considered Marital Property In Divorce," Vol. 33, No. 4 (Dec. 2011) ● "Balicki: Tax Ramifications and Costs In Equitable Distribution," Vol. 32, No. 4 (Dec. 2010) ● "Enforcing Mortgage Payment Provision in a Postnuptial Agreement," Vol. 32, No. 1 (March 2010) ● "PA Child Custody Jurisdiction Lost Despite Parent Remaining in PA," Vol. 31, No. 3 (Oct. 2009) ● "Court Enforces Rules Regarding In Camera Interviews With Children and Expert Reports," Vol. 30, No. 4 (Dec. 2008) ● "Child Support Modification Retroactive to Date of Misrepresentation," Vol. 30, No. 2 (Jul. 2008) ● "Child Support: Supplemental Needs Trust Distributions Considered Income," Vol. 29, No. 4 (Dec. 2007) ● "Sexual Assault Alone Does Not Establish Standing in Protection From Abuse Cases," Vol. 29, No. 4 (Dec. 2007) ● "First Impression: Bifurcation Under The Amended Divorce Code," Vol. 29, No. 3 (Oct. 2007) ● "Sensitivity Is Paramount In Fight Over Child's Remains," Vol. 29, No. 2 (July 2007) ● "Superior Court Says No to Netherlands Child Relocation Request," Vol. 29, No.1 (May 2007) ● "Best Interest of the Child Paramount in Denial of Intrastate Relocation Petition," Vol. 28, No. 4 (Dec. 2006)"Non-Biological Grandparents Granted Standing In Child Custody Case," Vol. 28, Nos. 1-2 (May 2006) ● "Sunny Florida: Relocation Granted," Vol. 27, No. 3 (Sept. 2005) ● "Stress But No Duress: Agreement Valid," Vol. 26, Nos. 2-3 (Sept. 2004) ● "Third Party Asserting Paternity Has No Standing in a Partial Custody Case Against An Intact Family Unit," Vol. 24, No. 1 (April 2002) ● "Former Same-Sex Partner Has Standing In Partial Custody Case," Vol. 24, No. 1 (April 2002)

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