Parenting in a Pandemic
Date: December 16, 2020 | Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Virtual
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the practice of family law. This year's Dickman Seminar will explore this impact in a Q&A format featuring Montgomery County judges, masters, practitioners, and court representatives. The seminar will be broken up into two separate panels: one addressing support issues during Covid-19 and one addressing custody issues during Covid-19. The support panel will explore issues such as temporary job loss during the pandemic, the receipt of economic assistance, and changes in the allocation of extracurricular expenses and childcare. The custody panel will deal with issues such as school choice (remote or in-person learning), travel and attendance at family holidays, and the role of the parenting coordinator. Both panels will discuss options for alternative dispute resolution. With Covid-19 cases currently surging in the country, and widespread distribution of a vaccine likely a long way away, attendees will find this seminar to be highly informative and relevant to the current state of the practice of family law.
Panelists: Support - Judge Daniel J. Clifford, Master Mindy Harris, Rebecca Colantuno, Carolyn Zack, Esquire
Custody Panelists - Judge Henry S. Hilles, III, Judge Melissa Sterling,
Master Molly B. Kleinfelter, Elizabeth Early, Esquire
Credits: 3 substantive
Price: $30 for MBA members and $60 for non-MBA member
Course Planners: Lydia Terrill & Justin Soulen
Michael B. Prasad has joined the firm as a member of the Family Law team. Practicing out of the Norristown office, Mr. Prasad is licensed in both PA and New Jersey.
Michael’s practice is focused on matrimonial matters including divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, and post-judgment matters.
“High Swartz represents a unique opportunity to learn from and contribute to a stellar team of dedicated professionals across multiple practice areas. The collective knowledge and experience, coupled with the firm’s clear commitment to it’s clients, ensures that when a client retains High Swartz they are going to get nothing less than the best possible representation and for me being able to be part of that was too much to pass up”, says Mr. Prasad.
At the onset of the divorce process, Michael states that he establishes client goals, discusses possible outcomes, and develops a sound strategy based on what is most important to the client. He understands that the transformative nature of the divorce process can extend over the course of several months to years. Most important to him is a dedication to passionate problem solving, negotiation, and a strong commitment to communication throughout the entire process.
Michael commits his time and efforts to Philadelphia VIP which provides free legal representation including divorce and equitable distribution to Philadelphians who cannot afford to hire a family attorney. Michael lives in Philadelphia with his wife and 4 children. He is a big Philly sports fan and is dutifully involved in his children’s schooling. Michael dedicates his time to helping South Philadelphia’s Southwark Elementary School’s efforts in securing Title 1 Funding.
Practicing out of the Doylestown office, Ms. Algeo has established herself as one of Bucks County’s most distinguished Family Law attorneys.
Judith A. Algeo brings years of experience as a family law attorney in the Bucks County Area. She represents individuals in all matters of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support and alimony, and matters of equitable distribution. With her experience as an adoption attorney, Ms. Algeo handles both termination of parental rights matters and second parent adoptions. Judith was a family therapist in private practice before beginning her legal career.
“It is with a sense of real excitement that I join the High Swartz Domestic Relations Department. Their reputation for excellence in service to clients and dedication to the community is well know and I am delighted to be here,” say Ms. Algeo.
Judith has served Bucks County in many ways over her career. In addition to serving on the Bucks County court's conflict list to represent parents in child dependency cases, Judith serves on the list of court-approved Bucks County custody mediators. She often represents neglected and abused children as a conflict Guardian Ad Litem. Judith served as vice president of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of Southeast Pennsylvania (LASP), which offers Free civil legal aid for low-income families in Bucks County. She assists LASP by frequently representing clients in Protection from Abuse proceedings.
Judith is a past president of the Bucks County Bar Association (BCBA) and has served several terms on its Board of Directors. She is a past chair of the BCBA Family Law Section and a former chair of its Pro Bono Committee. You can find her frequently sharing her family law knowledge during CLEs for the BCBA.
Judith has been elected four times to the Board of Supervisors in Warwick Township, Bucks County and has also been elected Chairperson of that board for the last 17 years. She is the past President of the Bucks County Association of Township Officials (BCATO), and currently serves on the Board of Directors.