Michael E. Bertin

Michael E. Bertin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
 | Centre Square West, 1500 Market St, Suite 3400
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-665-3280
Fax: 215-665-3165
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Michael E. Bertin is a partner in the Family Law Group of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP. Mr. Bertin is an in-demand family law attorney who focuses his practice on child custody, child support, spousal support, alimony, divorce, property distribution, prenuptial agreements and related issues. He has widespread appeal to clients of all economic levels, from the wealthiest of clients with complex financial matters and large estates, to the basic divorce. Mr. Bertin has written over 100 articles and is the author of the book titled Pennsylvania Child Custody Law, Practice, and Procedure. With respect to child/spousal support cases, Mr. Bertin won the most important high income child support case in Pennsylvania in decades.  This case resulted in a unanimous decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which has changed support law in Pennsylvania forever.  Mr. Bertin is the Immediate Past Chair of the Family Law Section of Pennsylvania Bar Association, former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Mr. Bertin is also a member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Domestic Relations Advisory Committee

    Certificates and Credentials

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

    About Michael Bertin

    Admitted: 2000, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage: http://www.obermayer.com/AttorneyDetails.php

    Honors/Awards:

    • "Lawyer of the Year" is awarded to an individual lawyer with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location., Lawyer Of The Year - Family Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region, The Best Lawyers in America, The Best Lawyers in America, 2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region, The Best Lawyers in America, The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
    • The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region, The Best Lawyers In America, The Best Lawyers In America, 2019
    • Philadelphia Magazine's annual feature on the influential leaders who are making their mark on the Main Line, Makers of the Main Line, Philadelphia Magazine, 2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region, The Best Lawyers In America, The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region, The Best Lawyers In America, The Best Lawyers In America, 2017
    • The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region, The Best Lawyers in America, The Best Lawyers in America, 2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region, The Best Lawyers In America, The Best Lawyers In America, 2015
    • Lawyers On The Fast Track - An honor recognizing 35 attorneys as the future leaders of Pennsylvania's legal community., Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 2007
    • 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., Ten Leaders in Divorce Law, Age 45 & Under, Greater Philadelphia Region, Ten Leaders Cooperative
    • In recognition for Mr. Bertin's contributions and work with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section to enact new custody legislation  , Special Achievment Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2011
    • Receiving an AV ® preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, indicates preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards., AV ® preeminent rating , Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Mr. Bertin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Laywers (AAML).  Mr. Bertin is on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAML  Mr. Bertin is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Mr. Bertin is also the current co-chair of the Custody Committee, and former Chair-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Mr. Bertin is a past member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He also holds the officer position of First Vice Chair of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and is a member of Council (the governing body of the section), and its Executive Committee, as well as the former Secretary and Treasurer of the Section, and a former chair and member of its Procedural Rules Committee, Legislative Committee, and Program Committee.  Mr. Bertin is a Zone One Delegate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. Mr Bertin is also a member of the American Bar Association and Montgomery Bar Association and the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, and former member of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court.
    • Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Domestic Relations Advisory Committee
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2019
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2013

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Mr. Bertin is a member of the Family Law Advisory Council for the Volunteer for Indigent Program and Philadelphia Law Works. 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mr. Bertin has written over 100 article in numerous publications, Author, Over 100 articles written in numerous publications
    • This book is used by judges and lawyers across the state who refer to the book on a regular basis., Author, Pennsylvania Child Custody, Law, Practice, and Procedure, Bisel, Legal, 2020
    • Mr. Bertin is a frequent lecturer and author on family law topics.  Mr. Bertin is the co-author of the book: Pennsylvania Child Custody: Law, Practice, and Procedure.  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.  On September 9, 2019, Mr. Bertin moderated a Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section seminar titled: “Handling Custody Cases Involving Teenagers: Perspectives From The Bench and Mental Health Professionals Regarding Contempt, Mental Health, and Reunification.” On June 11, 2019, Mr. Bertin presented: “Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania” for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. On January 19, 2019, Mr. Bertin presented “Mission Impossible” at the Winter Meeting for the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, in Pittsburgh, PA. On July 9 & 12, 2019, Mr. Bertin presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute program titled: “Trying a PA Supreme Court case and the Hanrahan case and its Impact on High Income Child Support Cases.” On November 9, 2017, Mr. Bertin presented: “Innocent Spouse Relief” at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.  On September 20, 2016 & September 28, 2016, Mr. Bertin was a co-presenter at the PBI course, “Evolving Support Cases, Deductions, Add-Backs, Deviations and Discovery.” On July 14, 2016, Mr. Bertin presented “Hot Tips from AAML Fellows,” at the PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting. On April 19 & 20, 2016, Mr. Bertin presented “Hot Tips in Support,” and “Ethical Quandaries” at the PBI 11th Annual Family Law Institute. On May 21, 2015, Mr. Bertin was a Presenter/lecturer at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar titled: “20 Hot Tips in Family Law.”  On April 1, 2015, Mr. Bertin was a guest lecturer at the Family Law Clinic at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.  On March 2, 2015, Mr. Bertin co-presented the child custody law update to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  In November 2014, Mr. Bertin presented at the Philadelphia VIP “Advanced Divorce Training: Equitable Distribution” CLE Seminar.  On February 27, 2014, Mr. Bertin presented at the Family Law Society of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law.  In November 2013, Mr. Bertin co-presented at the Temple University Beasley School of Law Family Law Society's Career Panel. On August 23, 2013, Mr. Bertin co-presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute program: Pennsylvania’s Custody Statute: Over Two Years Later and Still Evolving.  On August 1, 2013, Mr. Bertin co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute program: Evidentiary Challenges in Family Law - Traditional and Electronic Communications. On April 22, 2013, Mr. Bertin lectured at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 8th Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA.  On April 12, 2013, Mr. Bertin lectured at the Advanced Training for Family Mediators - hosted by Good Shepherd Mediation Center.  On February 4, 2013, Mr. Bertin co-presented the child custody case law update to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  On December 7, 2012, Mr. Bertin hosted and lectured the Philadelphia Divorce Practice Training Program for attorneys volunteering in the Volunteers for the Indigent Program.  On November 14, 2012, Mr. Bertin guest lectured at Temple University Beasley School of Law at the Family Law Litigation Clinic.  On November 6, 2012, Mr. Bertin guest lectured at Temple University Beasley School of Law at the “Theory, Policy and Practice in Family Law” class.  On April 19, 2012, Mr. Bertin 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.  On January 9, 2012, Mr. Bertin co-presented a program on 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.  On December 13, 2011, Mr. Bertin moderated a program on “Age Appropriate Custody Schedules.”  On October 11, 2011, Mr. Bertin presented a seminar on civility in the practice of family law to the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn Of Court for family law.  On October 4, 2011, Mr. Bertin lectured on the practice of family law at the inaugural Family Law Society meeting at Temple University Beasley School of Law.  On April 13, 2011, Mr. Bertin 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.  On December 21, 2010, Mr. Bertin lectured on the new custody laws effective January 24, 2011 on a Pennsylvania Bar Institute webinar, and again to the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association on January 10, 2011.  On April 6, 2010, Mr. Bertin lectured on the Children and Family Law Panel sponsored by the Child Advocacy Law Association and Family Law Society at Villanova University Law School.  Mr. Bertin also moderated a program on “Age Appropriate Custody Orders” on March 12, 2010.  Mr. Bertin co-presented: “A Year In Review: Custody Issues of 2009” at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section February 2010 Meeting.  Mr. Bertin also co-presented a program on Custody Evaluations at the February 3, 2009 meeting of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court.  On March 2, 2010, Mr. Bertin co-presented a “hot topics” program at a joint Inn of Court meeting.  On October 29, 2009, Mr. Bertin was a guest lecturer at Penn State Abington for an Applied Social Psychology class addressing the interplay betwen Family Law and Social Psychology. Mr. Bertin co-presented: "A Year In Review: Custody Issues of 2008" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section January 2009 Meeting.  Mr. Bertin also co-presented an ethics seminar at the November 5, 2008 meeting of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court.  Mr. Bertin was also the 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," held on September 25, 2008.  Mr. Bertin co-presented: "E-Discovery" at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 3rd Annual Family Law Institute in Philadelphia, PA on April 10, 2008.  Mr. Bertin co-presented: "A Year In Review: Custody Issues of 2007" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section February 2008 Meeting.  Mr. Bertin 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 on October 5, 2007.  Mr. Bertin also co-presented "Direct and Cross Examination of a Custody Evaluator" at the October 3, 2007 meeting of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court.  Mr. Bertin co-presented "Prepping Your Client for Their Custody Evaluation" at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section 2007 Summer Meeting in Cambridge, MD.  Mr. Bertin also presented the "Divorce Potpourri" program at the January 2007 Doris Jonas Freed American Inn Of Court meeting.  Mr. Bertin presented "The Hottest Custody Issues in 2006" at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section January 2007 Meeting.  Mr. Bertin also presented a custody lecture in September, 2006 at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library.  Mr. Bertin 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.  Mr. Bertin also presented "Emotional Distress Torts" at the Domestic Torts Seminar, at the joint October 2005 Inn of Court Meeting.  Mr. Bertin co-presented the Child Custody Relocation Case Law Update at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section May 2005 Meeting.  Mr. Bertin presented "Analyzing your Potential Relocation Case" at the Pennsylvania Bar Association's 2003 Family Law Potpourri in Philadelphia, PA.  Mr. Bertin moderated the Case Law Updates at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section 2006 Winter Meeting in Pittsburgh, and 2003 Summer Meeting in Philadelphia.  Mr. Bertin also 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. Mr. Bertin was quoted in the August 27, 2013 edition of the Legal Intelligencer, inan 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).  Mr. Bertin was also quoted in an article appearing in the Legal Intelligencer titled: "Lwyrs 4 U: Law Firms Slow to Pick Up New Marketing Technology," Vol. 238, No. 20 (July 29, 2008).  Mr. Bertin was also quoted in the national bi-weekly publication, Lawyers USA, in an article titled: "States Grapple with Contentious Relocation Issues in Custody Cases," Issue 2006 - 17/2006 LUSA 445 (August 14, 2006).  Mr. Bertin authored the article, "Finding the Fit, The Continuing Controversy Over Custody Evaluations in Child Custody Cases," that appeared in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, Vol. 68, No. 4, Winter 2006.  Mr. Bertin also authored the following articles that appeared in The Legal Intelligencer: “Superior Court Grants Equal Custody of Child to Same-Sex Partner,” (August 19, 2019); “Statute of Limitations Bars Enforcement of Provision in Property Settlement Agreement,” June 24, 2019); “Attorney Fees Award in Protection from Abuse Case Reversed,” (April, 16, 2019); “Support Guidelines Change in Light of Trump’s New Tax Laws,” (Feb. 14, 2019; “Divorce Decree and Equitable Distribution Vacated After Death of Spouse With Dementia,” (Dec 14, 2018); “‘Wiseman’ Analysis in Shared Custody Determinations No Longer Applicable,” Vol. 258, No. 80 (October 23, 2018);Reasonable Needs Now to Be Considered in High-Income Child Support Cases,” Vol. 258, No. 36 (August 21, 2018); “New Child Custody Law Opens Door a Bit for Grandparents, Third Parties,” Vol. 257, No. 124 (June 27, 2018); “Court Examines the Impact of Retirement in Alimony Termination Case,” Vol. 257, No. 74 (April 17, 2018);Take Three: In Loco Parentis Revisited for Third Time in a Year,” Vol. 257, No. 30 (February 13, 2018);Same-Sex Partner Not Found a Parent and Not Found In Loco Parentis,” Vol. 256, No. 118 (December 19, 2017); “Failure to Disclose and Constructive Trust in Divorce,” Vol. 256, No. 80 (October 23, 2017);Child Custody, Relocation, Contempt and Modification,” Vol. 256, No. 36 (August 22, 2017);Support Order Based on Evidence Outside of Record Vacated,” Vol. 255, No. 124 (June 28, 2017);In Loco Parentis Status Should Start With Consent,” Vol. 255, No. 73 (April 17, 2017);Jurisdiction and Modifying Child Custody Orders,” Vol. 255, No. 30 (February 14, 2017);Trial Court's Granting of Child Relocation to Florida Reversed,” Vol. 254, No. 118 (December 19, 2016); “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 (8/16/16);$10,000 Agreement if Petition to Modify Custody Upheld,” Vol. 253, No. 119 (6/21/16);Court May Modify Custody Without Petition to Modify,” Vol. 253, No. 75 (4/19/16);Unique Case of Stepparent Owing Child Support to Stepchildren,” Vol. 253, No. 30 (2/13/16);Primary Custody of Child Not Required During School Year,” Vol. 252, No. 92 (November 9, 2015);Child Custody Order Inconsistent With Factors Analysis Reversed,” Vol. 252, No. 48 (September 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 (January 13, 2015); "Counsel Fees Statute Analyzed by Court in Child Custody Case," Vol. 250, No. No. 94 (November 11, 2014); "Child Support During College Enforced Pursuant to Contract," Vol. 250, No. 49 (September 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 (January 14, 2014); “Doctrine of Paternity by Estoppel and Child Custody,” Vol 248, No. 113 (December 10, 2013); “Highlighting theRevisions to the Child Custody Rules," Vol. 248, No. 70 (October 8, 2013); "Child Relocation Decisions to be Explained Near Time of Ruling," Vol. 248, No. 31 (August 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 (February 12, 2013); "Error to Modify Custody at Contempt Hearing Without Petition Pending," Vol. 246, No. 113 (December 11, 2012); "Superior Court Further Analyzes Relocation Under New Custody Statute," Vol. 246, No. 70 (October 9, 2012); "Superior Court Analyzes Entitlement Defense in Spousal Support Case," Vol. 246, No. 31 (August 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); “Accrual Date Decides If Settlement, Award Are Marital Property,” Vol. XXXV, No. 8 (Pa. Law Weekly, Feb. 21, 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). Mr. Bertin authored the Custody Update for the 2005 Philadelphia County Bench Bar Conference. Mr. Bertin co-authored the article, "A Practitioner's Guide To Child Relocation," by Shainberg and Bertin, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, Nov. 2002.  Mr. Bertin also authored the following 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).  , Author and Lecturer

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Mr. Bertin won the most important high income child support case in Pennsylvania in decades.  This case resulted in a unanimous decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which has changed support law in Pennsylvania forever., 2018

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Receiving a 2011 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for his contributions and work with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section to enact new custody legislation, 2011

    Industry Groups

    • Child Custody
    • Child Support
    • Divorce
    • Prenuptial Agreements
    • Property Distribution
    • Spousal Support
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    Office Location for Michael E. Bertin

    Centre Square West
    1500 Market St, Suite 3400
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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