Michael E. Bertin
Child Custody Attorney and Divorce Lawyer for Philadelphia, the Main Line and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
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Michael E. Bertin is a Philadelphia based family law attorney who focuses his practice on child custody and divorce including the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, divorce, custody, support, alimony, property distribution, prenuptial agreements and related issues. Mr. Bertin also maintains an office in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania located in the heart of the Main Line.

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, 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.

Throughout his career, Mr. Bertin has been recognized and honored by his peers and the legal community for his outstanding work. His recognitions include:

  • Being admitted as a Fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). 
  • Being selected for inclusion in the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region.
  • Being listed as one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's Ten Leaders in Divorce Law, Age 45 & Under, by the Ten Leaders Cooperative. Members of the Ten Leaders are selected after a lengthy research of the marketplace - leading professionals referring other leading professionals, with input from peers inside and outside of a geographical coverage area as well as inside and outside a specialty.
  • Receiving a 2011 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for his contributions and work with the PBA Family Law Section to enact new custody legislation.
  • Being chosen as 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.
  • Being named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list as seen in both Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine.  Only 5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive this honor each year.
  • Receiving an AV ® preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, indicating his preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards.

Mr. Bertin is a former chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the current co-chair of its Custody Committee. He also holds the officer position of First Vice Chair of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is a member of its Executive Committee and Council (the governing bodies of the Section), and is a former chair and member of its Procedural Rules Committee, Legislative Committee, and Program Committee.  Mr. Bertin is a member of the Board of Managers (the governing body) of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Mr. Bertin also serves as chair of Obermayer’s Pro Bono Committee.

 

 

 


The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly Articles

Case Notes in the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Pennsylvania Family Lawyer

  • Jurisdiction and Counsel Fees in Child Custody Revisited by Superior Court,” Vol. 37, No. 3 (Sept. 2015)
  • “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)

Additional Articles

    • "Finding the Fit, The Continuing Controversy Over Custody Evaluations in Child Custody Cases," The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 68, No. 4 (Winter 2006)
    • Custody Update, 2005 Bench Bar Conference
    • "A Practitioner's Guide to Child Relocation," Shainberg and Bertin, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (Nov. 2002)

Professional & Civic Activities

    • Board of Managers, Pennsylvania Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Zone One Delegate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates
    • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Montgomery Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Former Chair, Family Law Section – Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Former Chair-Elect, Family Law Section – Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Former Treasurer, Family Law Section – Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Former Secretary, Family Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Custody Committee, Family Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, Philadelphia Bar Association, Former Member
    • Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
    • First Vice Chair, Family Law Section – Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Former Second Vice Chair, Family Law Section – Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Former Treasurer, Family Law Section – Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Former Secretary, Family Law Section – Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Council, Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
    • Program Committee, Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Co-Chair and Member
    • Legislative Committee, Family Law Section – Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Co-Chair and Member
    • Procedural Rules Committee, Family Law Section - Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Chair and Member
    • Membership Committee, Family Law Section – Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Member
    • Family Law Advisory Council, VIP / Philadelphia Law Works
    • Volunteer Attorney, VIP Program
    • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, INC.
    • Doris Jonas Freed American Inn Of Court
    • Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court, Former Member

Lecturer & Speaking Engagements

    • Mr. Bertin is the 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.
    • Co-presenter, PBI course, “Evolving Support Cases, Deductions, Add-Backs, Deviations and Discovery.” (September 20, 2016& September 28, 2016)
    • Presenter, PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting “Hot Tips from AAML Fellows,” (July 14, 2016)
    • Presenter, PBI 11th Annual Family Law Institute, “Hot Tips in Support,” and “Ethical Quandaries” (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 VIP “Advanced Divorce Training: Equitable Distribution” CLE Seminar (November 2014)
    • Presented at the Family Law Society of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law (February 27, 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)
    • Lectured at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 8th Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA (April 22, 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.
    • Guest lectured at Temple University Beasley School of Law at the Family Law Litigation Clinic (November 14, 2012).
    • Guest lectured at Temple University Beasley School of Law at the “Theory, Policy and Practice in Family Law” class (November 6, 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 in September, 2006 at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library.
    • 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.

Interviewed / Quoted

    • Mr. Bertin was quoted in the August 27, 2013 edition of the Legal Intelligencer,
      in an article titled: "Justices Redefine Guardian Ad Litem Duties."
    • Mr. Bertin was interviewed and featured in articles appearing in The Legal Intelligencer titled: "Applause, Concerns Over New Framework for Pa. Custody Law," Vol. 243, No 15 (Jan. 24, 2011) and "Lawyers 4 U: Law Firms Slow to Pick Up New Marketing Technology," Vol. 238, No. 20 (July 29, 2008). 
    • Mr. Bertin was quoted in the January 31, 2011 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in an article titled: "Child custody law in PA. new this month."
    • Mr. Bertin was also featured in the national bi-weekly publication, Lawyers USA, in an article titled: "States Grapple with Contentious Relocation Issues in Custody Cases," Issue 2006/2006 LUSA 445 (August 14, 2006).

Honors & Awards

    • Included in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 Best Lawyers in America
    • A member of Ten Leaders in Divorce Law, Age 45 & Under
    • 2011 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award
    • The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly 2007 Lawyer on the Fast Track
    • Named to the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list as seen in both Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine.  Only 5 percent of Pennsylvania attorneys receive this honor each year.
    • Selected consecutively from 2006 through 2013 as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star” as listed in Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars” editions
    • Recipient of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers' Eric D. Turner Award at Temple University School of Law

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