Cozen O’Connor: Family Law

Family Law

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How Getting a Prenup Strengthens Your Relationship

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses how prenups can strengthen your relationship on Avvo Stories.

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Cozen O’Connor’s family law attorneys counsel clients in their most personal legal matters, from marriage and divorce to child custody and support arrangements. The practice is challenging, not only because it concerns issues of profound emotional import, but because the legal strictures are constantly changing in response to broad social and economic trends. At the moment, greater involvement of fathers in child rearing, fluctuations in the residential real estate market, and growth of the dual-career family are all having a profound impact on family law and dispute adjudication. Clients must have counsel with the interpersonal skills to provide meaningful support during major life transitions and the legal skills to use cutting-edge deal structures and guidelines.

The family law attorneys at Cozen O’Connor have been resolving complex family disputes for more than three decades. We counsel clients on matters of divorce, division of property, and alimony; child and spousal support; child custody; domestic violence; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; name changes; and adoption or termination of parental rights. We are equally adept at representing financially independent and financially dependent parties.

Our goal in each case is to achieve a comprehensive and lasting solution as quickly as possible so that clients can move their lives forward. In many instances, family law matters can be effectively resolved using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques such as mediation and arbitration. Our attorneys are experienced at participating in and leading ADR proceedings, which may save time, defuse confrontation, and encourage mutuality. Unfortunately, not every situation lends itself to this approach. In those cases, Cozen O’Connor’s renowned litigators are prepared to advocate aggressively on clients’ behalf. We have extensive trial and appellate court experience and regularly appear before state courts, often in complex parallel proceedings to separately determine support, equitable distribution, and custody.

Members of Cozen O’Connor have held leadership positions in local, state, and national bar associations, and publish regularly in family law periodicals. Our team includes lawyers who are routinely interviewed by mainstream media outlets and lecture to other attorneys on topics related to marital and family law. This level of professional activity means that our attorneys are well informed about current legal trends and are able to provide clients with prescient strategic advice.

Clients also benefit from the fact that the family law team is backed by the resources of a full service law firm. We routinely reach out to colleagues in other practice groups, including trusts and estates, tax, corporate, and real estate, in order to develop a unified strategy to resolve family law questions and disputes. This team approach gives our clients an edge that few other firms can replicate.

 

SERVICE AREAS

  • Prosecute and defend divorce actions on fault or no-fault bases
  • Value marital estates, including business interests, real estate, retirement plans, and investments
  • Negotiate equitable division of marital assets
  • Analyze income, earning capacity, and expenses to determine duration and amount of alimony
  • Seek interim relief for clients during the course of a divorce proceeding, including preservation of assets, occupancy of the marital home, and interim distributions of marital assets
  • Analyze issues of child support, spousal support, and/or alimony pendente lite
  • Review tax returns to accurately calculate income for determination of support
  • Counsel clients on all aspects of physical and legal custody of minor children
  • Assist in developing custodial arrangements that are truly in the best interest of the children
  • Obtain or defend against Protection from Abuse orders in quasi-criminal proceedings
  • Negotiate and draft both pre- and post-marital agreements
  • Handle name changes as part of a divorce action or for minors and adults who wish to change their names for other valid and appropriate reasons
  • Advance voluntary or involuntary relinquishment of parental rights and process both uncontested and contested adoptions

Publications

Changes to the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines in Response to the New Tax Law [Family Law Focus Blog]

May 29, 2019

For the past several decades the “alimony deduction” has been available to all divorcing couples. This deduction provided that the spouse making alimony payments could deduct alimony payments from his or her income and the person receiving alimony would claim these payments as taxable income....

The Pitfalls of Transferring Assets Into Trust Prior to Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

April 26, 2019

Transferring assets into trust for the benefit of children or others is a common estate planning tool. The party making the transfer into a trust gives up any right to control the property or its distribution.  This also has the effect of removing the property from the marital estate and can...

Tech Ethics Challenges for Family Lawyers [Family Advocate]

January 30, 2019

Tom Wilkinson co-authored an article on how Family lawyers face some special challenges because they deal with not only office technology but also the ethical concerns created by clients who neither know nor care about rules governing their lawyers' conduct.

Figuring Out Who Gets Fido In A Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

October 15, 2018

A new law in California which goes into effect on January 1, 2019 gives Courts the right to determine custody and care of a pet both pending a divorce and as part of a final determination. This is a move in the right direction given that so many couples consider pets part of the family. Despite...

Five Tips for Winning Over Clients at the Initial Consultation

September 20, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, blogged for Lawyernomics by Avvo on "Five Tips for Winning Clients Over at the Initial Consultation."

New Developments in Grandparent Custody [Family Law Focus Blog]

August 08, 2018

On July 4, 2018, two amendments to the Pennsylvania child custody laws went into effect making it easier for grandparents and other third parties to seek custody of a minor child. Specifically, Section 5324 and Section 5325(2) of the Pennsylvania Domestic Relation Code, was amended to expand the...

Uterine Transplants: Legal Perspectives on Reproductive Technology [The Legal Intelligencer]

July 07, 2018

Leora Cohen Schiff, an associate in the firm's Family Law Practice, published "Uterine Transplants: Legal Perspectives on Reproductive Technology" for the Legal Intelligencer.

How To Handle A Special Family Event When Going Through A Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

June 27, 2018

This time of year is especially popular for special family events such as weddings, graduations, and bar/bat mitvahs. For families going through a divorce, these events can pose unique challenges. There is no obligation in Pennsylvania or New Jersey that both parties contribute to the cost of...

PA Superior Court Thorough Analysis of PFA Expungements and Summary “Expungement Continuum” [Pennsylvania Family Lawyer]

June 05, 2018

Leora Cohen Schiff, an associate in the firm's Family Law Practice, authored, "PA Superior Court Thorough Analysis of PFA Expungements and 'Expungement Continuum'," for Pennsylvania Family Lawyer.

Grandmother's Contempt Reversed Since No UCCJEA Jurisdiction [Pennsylvania Family Lawyer]

June 04, 2018

Leora Cohen Schiff, an associate in the firm's Family Law Practice, authored, "Grandmother's Contempt Reversed Since No UCCJEA Jurisdiction," for Pennsylvania Family Lawyer.

3 Times Responsiveness Brought Value to My Practice

May 25, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, authored the blog, "3 times responsiveness brought value to my practice" for Lawyernomics by Avvo.

Building your online presence and reputation is easier than you think

March 23, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, authored a recent blog for Lawyernomics by Avvo, "Building your online presence and reputation is easier than you think."

Navigating Pennsylvania's New Public Access Policy For Family Law Matters [Family Law Focus Blog]

February 27, 2018

The State of Pennsylvania recently enacted a new public access policy, 204 Pa. Code §213.81, to address the conflict between providing the public online access to Court filings and protecting private information. The new policy restricts public access to personal information and documents. The...

Managing my practice: What I learned and accomplished in 2017 [Lawyernomics]

January 18, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, authored the blog, "Managing my practice: What I learned and accomplished in 2017," for Lawyernomics by Avvo.

Surviving The Holidays While Dealing With Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

December 12, 2017

The holidays are supposed to be a time of good will and cheer. For those going through a divorce, however, the situation is often not cheerful and may even be grim. With some thoughtful planning and the right outlook, however, the joyful spirit of the holidays can be preserved. Following the tips...

Help Me Help You [Family Law Focus Blog]

October 23, 2017

But first let me introduce myself. I’m Debbie Long, the family law paralegal in Cozen O'Connor’s Philadelphia office. I joined the Cozen O'Connor team this past August. While I am new to Cozen O'Connor, I am not new to family law. I have 20 years of experience in the legal field, with 15 years...

Moving Out of State? - Relocation Standards in New Jersey and Pennsylvania [Family Law Focus Blog]

September 26, 2017

New Jersey – The New Relocation Standard Can a custodial parent in New Jersey move to another state and still retain custody if permission is not obtained from the other parent? A recent New Jersey State Supreme Court decision has made this more difficult by raising the burden of proof that needs...

Five Tips For Falling Back Into Your Routine After Summer

September 26, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, published, "5 tips for falling back into your routine after summer," for Lawyernomics by Avvo.

The Do's And Don'ts Of Summertime Custody [Family Law Focus Blog]

July 10, 2017

Summertime and the living is easy, that is, except for those involved in a custody dispute. With relaxed schedules, vacations, camp, and changing activities, summertime custody can prove to be more difficult for parties to navigate. Nonetheless, following the do's and don'ts below can have you...

Jennifer Brandt's 5 Tips to Achieve Better Work-life Balance This Summer

July 05, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law group, gives five tips to achieve better work-life balance this summer in her blog post on Lawyernomics by Avvo.

Ethics of Using Support Staff in Your Firm

June 14, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law Practice, discusses the ethics of using supports in a law firm in her article for Lawyernomics by Avvo.

Why Betting on Your Brand is a Safe Bet [Lawyernomics]

May 10, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, describes the importance for attorneys' to define their brand in her piece, Why betting on your Brand is a safe bet, for Lawyernomics by Avvo.

How To Protect Yourself Before A Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

March 14, 2017

As a divorce lawyer, I have met with countless clients who claim they were blindsided by a divorce. While they may have seen signs that something was wrong in the marriage, they chose to ignore them hoping that things would improve. In some instances, they might have even tried marriage counseling...

Betting on Your Brand [Avvo Lawyernomics]

March 08, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses the importance of marketing and building your brand as a lawyer.

3 Stages to Show Clients “Love” and Appreciation [Avvo Lawyernomics]

February 10, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses the 3 stages to show clients "love" and appreciation.

My 5 Resolutions for Personal and Professional Growth [Lawyernomics]

January 10, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses her resolution for personal and professional growth in Avvo's Lawyernomics.

A New Type Of Divorce Party [Family Law Focus Blog]

December 22, 2016

Today I was interviewed on television [see clip here] about a new type of divorce party. This is not a situation where a newly single person celebrates their freedom from an unhappy marriage, rather, this new type of divorce party has the divorcing couple celebrating the end of their marriage...

Why Having A "Gifted" Child In NJ May Cost You More Child Support [Family Law Focus Blog]

November 29, 2016

The benefits of enrolling children in extracurricular activities are endless. Not only do they learn how to play a sport or musical instrument, but also soft skills and valuable life lessons, such as teamwork, the importance of practice and how to handle loss and disappointment. Thus it is not...

What We Can Learn From the Brangelina Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

September 21, 2016

Today  I was asked to comment on television about the hottest news, the Brangelina divorce.  If you haven't heard, another celebrity couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing after 2 years of marriage and twelve years of living together prior to that.  They have six children...

Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Property In A Multi-State Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

June 24, 2016

In our increasingly mobile society, it is not uncommon for couples to relocate numerous times throughout their marriage and acquire property and assets in different states.  When a divorce dissolves the marriage and forces a distribution of assets spread across various states, the Court in the...

How to Manage Client Communications and Maintain Your Life [Lawyernomics]

May 25, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses how to manage client communications and maintain your life in Lawyernomics by Avvo.

Making The Divorce Process Easier For Victims Of Spousal Abuse [Family Law Focus Blog]

May 06, 2016

Pennsylvania allows parties to a divorce action to seek both no-fault and fault divorces. While fault remains available, the overwhelming majority of divorces are granted under no-fault grounds. The statutory framework for no-fault grounds for divorce are contained in 23 Pa.C.S. §3301(c) – mutual...

Divorce and Taxes: 4 Tips for Managing the 2016 Tax Season [Lawyernomics]

March 16, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses tips for managing the tax season while going through a divorce on Avvo's Lawyernomics blog.

Truths and Myths About Divorce Mediation [Family Law Focus Blog]

March 15, 2016

When clients visit my office for an initial consultation about their impending divorce, they invariably ask about the benefits and pitfalls of mediation.  Over the last several years, the use of alternate dispute resolution in divorce and other litigation matters has increased in popularity.  This...

What is a Brand And Why Do You Need It? Branding For Lawyers [Lawyernomics]

February 17, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses branding for lawyers on Avvo's Lawyernomics blog.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Tips to Revive Your Law Practice in the New Year [Lawyernomics]

January 18, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Family Law practice, discusses tips on reviving your law practice in the new year on Avvo’s Lawyernomics blog.

What Can Be Learned From Madonna's Custody Battle [Family Law Focus Blog]

January 05, 2016

Pop icon Madonna is facing a difficult battle concerning custody of her 15 year-old son, Rocco.  While the divorce agreement she entered into with Guy Ritchie about eight years ago, awarded her custody of Rocco, it appears that he now prefers to remain with his Father in London.  Recently, he even...

Contracts Are Considered When Using Assisted Reproduction Technology [Family Law Focus Blog]

November 29, 2015

Two recent decisions highlight the importance of contracts between parties in cases involving assisted reproduction technology (ART).  In Pennsylvania, the Superior Court found that television personality, Sherri Shepherd was indeed the legal mother of a child born in a surrogacy arrangement.  For...

Introducing A New Significant Other To Your Child During Divorce [Family Law Focus Blog]

October 12, 2015

During the course of divorce it is fairly common for one (if not both) of the parties to become involved in a new relationship.  It is natural then for that party to want to spend time with his or her new love while also parenting the children of the marriage.  Is it wrong to mix the two?  And if...

Introducing a New Love to Children of Divorce [Avvo Naked Law Blog]

October 01, 2015

Jennifer Brandt discusses the legal implications of divorced couples introducing a new significant other to their children.

Developing and Growing Your Family Law Practice [Family Law]

September 08, 2015

Jennifer Brandt discusses how important it is for the modern family lawyer to develop a marketing-consistent strategy and embrace technology as a powerful promotional tool.

Questions To Ask a Divorce Lawyer [Avvo Naked Law Blog]

August 21, 2015

Jennifer Brandt discusses the important questions a prospective client should ask before hiring a divorce lawyer.

Preparing A Client For Settlement [GPSolo]

August 05, 2015

Jennifer Brandt discusses the difficult task of reaching a divorce settlement and offers guidance on how to make things move more smoothly.

Ashley Madison and the Illusion of Online Privacy [Avvo Naked Law Blog]

July 23, 2015

Jennifer Brandt discusses the Ashley Madison hacking scandal and explains how before using a website, posting on social media, or sending an email, consider the ramifications, and consider whether the private information you are providing is really secure.

Keep Calm and Lawyer Up [NEXT 2 Magazine]

May 11, 2015

Jennifer Brandt published an article in NEXT 2 Magazine on the topic of divorce, and how they can be an extremely stressful event in one's life, and how finding a knowledgeable counsel is essential to get through the process.

Traveling with Kids: 5 Tips for Divorced Co-Parents [Avvo's Naked Law Blog]

April 02, 2015

With spring break upon us and summer just around the corner, many families are looking forward to annual family vacations. A lot of effort and money goes into vacation planning. And for divorcing or divorced parents, the possibility of a former spouse interfering with a planned vacation becomes yet another logistic to consider. Here are five tips for pleasant vacation planning.

Social Media Influences on the Practice of Family Law [American Journal of Family Law]

March 01, 2015

Jennifer Brandt and Megan Feehan, both residents of the firm's family law practice and Philadelphia office, published an article in the American Journal of Family Law on social media influences and how that effects the practice of family law.

Ask Avvo: Is There Anyway To Make A Prenup Romantic? [Avvo's Naked Law Blog]

February 24, 2015

Communicating before marriage about the issues that are most important to each partner is the essence of intimacy. You can even up the romance with creative clauses like a requirement of weekly flowers or an agreement that gifts between husband and wife will forever belong to the recipient. All it takes is some imagination and consideration to bring romance and levity to your prenup.

5 New Year’s resolutions for anyone contemplating divorce [Avvo's Naked Law Blog]

January 22, 2015

It is a well-known fact among divorce lawyers that January is the most popular month for people to initiate divorce. Perhaps that can be attributed to its promise of a new beginning; perhaps spending extra time over the holidays with spouses and extended family members was the final straw. No matter the cause, for those contemplating divorce in the start of the New Year, here are some key resolutions.

Preparing a Client for Settlement [Family Advocate]

January 08, 2015

Settling a divorce case is no easy task. It requires parties who are at odds with each other to come together for their mutual benefit. These parties must set aside their emotions and look at their economic situation in a detached, business-like manner. The attorneys advising these parties play a monumental role in convincing them to set aside their devastation, anger, and, perhaps, regret and focus on resolution. Both parties must have this same mindset to reach consensus. Timing is also key.

5 tips for dealing with a divorce during the holidays [Avvo's Naked Law Blog]

December 16, 2014

The holidays are here. It is a time for joy and gratitude, a time for sharing and spending time with family. But for couples contemplating or going through a divorce, the holidays can be downright depressing. Instead of love and caring, there is animosity. Instead of togetherness, there is loneliness. Many couples who are parting would prefer to hibernate over the holidays and resurface sometime in January. Nonetheless, there are ways to manage the holidays even if you are separating or divorcing, and there is even the chance that you will find some enjoyment. The tips below will help.

Family Ties: The Challenges and Rewards of Sibling Adoption [Avvo's Naked Law Blog]

November 26, 2014

Adopting a child is a monumental decision. And if that child is a brother or sister, this situation is further complicated. The relationship changes from sibling to parent and takes on all the responsibilities that accompany that new role.

Kids Are People Too: The Effects of Divorce on Children [Avvo's Naked Law Blog]

November 10, 2014

During a recent custody trial, I was privy to an interview between the judge and a child who was the subject of the matter. Although the judge tried to make the interview as painless as possible, asking the child mundane questions about school and activities like a well-meaning relative or adult friend, no one in the room, the child included, could evade the tension and heaviness in the air.

Sperm Donorship and Its Impact on Parental Obligations [The Legal Intelligencer]

July 08, 2014

In an article published in The Legal Intelligencer, Jennifer Brandt and Megan Feehan, attorneys in Cozen O'Connor's Family Law Department, discuss a recent case involving actor Jason Patric and his former girlfriend Danielle Schreiber. Patric, a sperm donor, is now looking to have custody rights to the child he helped conceive four years ago. The California courts are grappling with competing statutes in searching for a resolution. The broader issue, however, is how technology is changing the definition of a family in our modern world and how our law is trying to adapt to these changes.

Divorce: What Happens to the Marital Home? [Zillow Blog]

July 03, 2014

In an article published in Zillow Blog, Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law Department, discusses dividing the marital home in a divorce, one of the most difficult aspects of property distribution. The house is often the most valuable asset owned by the parties, and it is the one that often has the most sentimental meaning as well. Couples spend a lot of time and effort choosing a home and filling it with memories, and frequently neither side wants to move from the home even while a divorce is pending.

George Clooney Needs a Prenup [YourTango]

May 20, 2014

We all heard the news about George Clooney’s engagement. After holding out for so long, he is now finally getting married. However, he has a lot to lose in the event of a divorce. A prenuptial agreement is a must. See Jen Brandt's recent article on Yourtango.com discussing a proposed prenup for George.

Surviving the Holidays During a Divorce [BlogHer]

December 05, 2013

As soon as the calendar turns to December we’re bombarded with all things holiday. From advertisements, to recipes, to school events and water cooler chatter, we just cannot escape the frenzy of this supposedly joyous time of year. However, for those going through a divorce, the holiday season may be more depressing than delightful. Family traditions are altered, children are struggling, and finances are often tight.

7 Steps to a Positive Child Custody Outcome [AllParenting.com]

October 16, 2013

Child custody cases are difficult for everyone involved. While it is always best if parents can mutually agree on a workable schedule for their family, a family court judge may decide where children will live if the parents cannot agree on primary custody and visitation.

A Divorce Lawyer's Guide To Preparing For Divorce [BlogHer]

June 08, 2013

Ready to file for divorce? Once you’ve made the difficult decision to go through with it, it’s time to figure out what’s next. Avoid a long, emotional ordeal by knowing what lies ahead and by taking action.

Should You Say 'I Do' to a Prenup? [SheKnows]

May 30, 2013

In an article titled, "Should You Say 'I Do' to a Prenup?" Jennifer Brandt (Philadelphia) of the firm's Family Law Practice Group discusses prenuptial agreements, what they are designed to do, and what they are incapable of doing.

The 20-Year Ditch: The Realities of Mid-Life Divorce [The Legal Intelligencer]

July 12, 2011

The 20-Year Ditch: The Realities of Mid-Life Divorce - The Legal Intelligencer - Their names are familiar: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver; Al and Tipper Gore; Frank and Jamie
McCourt. Besides fame, fortune and power, what do these couples have in common? They all chose to
separate and divorce after more than 20 years of marriage.

Summer 2007 [Business Law Observer]

July 10, 2007

Summer 2007 - Business Law Observer -

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Bench-Bar Conference: Family Law Ethics

April 17, 2019 - Reading, PA

Savvy Approach to Dealing With Your Divorce

April 09, 2019 - Ardmore, PA

It Takes A Village: Working with Allied Professionals

January 19, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA

Understanding Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

December 14, 2018 - Mount Laurel, NJ

The Year in Review for the General Practitioner 2018

December 05, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Family Law 2.0: A Child Centered and User Friendly Approach

November 09, 2018 - King of Prussia, PA

2018 Navigating the Rough Waters of Divorce

October 23, 2018 - Ardmore, PA

PBI: Sophisticated Issues for Family Lawyers

November 06, 2017 - Mechanicsburg, PA

Lawyernomics 2017 Conference

April 22, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV

2017 Family Law Institute

April 19, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Advanced Issues in Divorce

October 26, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

2016 Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference

October 21, 2016 - Quebec, Canada

CLE for The Busy Lawyer

June 15, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI's Family Law Institute 2016

April 19, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

QDROS, IRAs, Retirement Benefits and More

February 02, 2016 - Mechanicsburg, PA

PBI Sophisticated Issues for Family Lawyers

December 08, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI General Practitioners' Update 2015

June 10, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

PBI: Baby Making in the 21st Century

May 27, 2015 - Webinar

ABA 2015 Family Law Spring Conference

May 07, 2015 - Carlsbad, CA

Coping with Divorce: Issues & Answers

April 21, 2015 - Ardmore, PA

2014 PICPA Divorce Conference

October 27, 2014 - King of Prussia, PA

PBI General Practitioners’ Update 2014

June 18, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Lawyernomics 2014

April 23, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV

Leveraging the Press: Marketing Yourself through the Media

February 13, 2014 - Washington, D.C.

Sophisticated Issues for Family Lawyers

December 03, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

ABA Section of Family Law Fall Meeting

October 19, 2013 - Deer Valley, UT

PBI General Practitioners' Update

June 12, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

Navigating the Rough Waters of Divorce

April 09, 2013 - Ardmore, PA

PBA Mid Year Meeting

January 31, 2013 - St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles

PBA Family Law Section Winter Meeting

January 18, 2013 - Pittsburgh, PA

In The News

Alabama Lawmakers Pass Near-total Abortion Ban

May 15, 2019

Jennifer sat down with the hosts of Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia to discuss Alabama's new abortion law and what's next.

No charges for mother of child left with a stranger in Kensington, police say

May 06, 2019

Jennifer Brandt was recently interviewed by 6ABC's George Solis on the little girl abandoned in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Attorney Weighs in on New Jersey Man's $273 Million Lottery Winnings

March 08, 2019

Jennifer Brandt sat down with Fox 29 Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the New Jersey man who won the $273 Mega Millions jackpot and whether or not his ex-wife has any claim to the money.

New York City Council considering 'Right to Disconnect' bill

January 16, 2019

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss a "Right to Disconnect" bill.

Divorce Tax Laws will Undergo Change in 2019

December 17, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia discussing how new divorce tax laws will undergo change in 2019.

Jennifer Brandt Featured on HLN Discussing Mother Abandoning Children

November 01, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, the co-chair of the firm's Family Law Group, appeared on HLN on CNN discussing the Wake County, N.C., mother who abandoned her two children on the side of the road.

Investigation into shootings at Bellingham Retirement Community

September 20, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Group, was a Fox29 to discuss the Chester County man who killed his parents at a retirement home after learning his divorce was final.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Jennifer Brandt a Guest on Fox 29's Good Day Philadephia

August 08, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, appeared on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the recent murder of a 7-year old by her father, who then killed himself.

Mom Charged After Baby Dies from Drugs Transmitted through Breast Milk

July 16, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Practice, was a guest on Fox 29's Good Day Philadelphia, where she discussed the a Bucks County mother charged with murder after her baby dies from drugs transmitted through the mother's breast milk.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Recent Celebrity Custody Cases on Fox 29

June 14, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, appeared on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29 to discuss recent celebrity custody cases that have been in the news.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Judge orders man, 30, to move out of parents' home

May 23, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, appeared on Fox29 to discuss a judge in Onondaga County Supreme Court Tuesday ordering a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents' house after they went to court to have him ejected.

Jennifer Brandt a Guest on Dr. Drew Midday Live with Lauren Sivan

April 05, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the Firm's Family Law Practice, spoke on Dr. Drew Midday Live with Lauren Sivan about the woman whose Ancestry.com DNA test revealed her father was her parents’ fertility doctor.

Jonathan T. Hoffman named Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Family Law Section

March 28, 2018

Jonathan T. Hoffman, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Family Law Practice Group, was named the 2018 Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Family Law Section.

Jennifer Brandt Talks Recent Fertility Clinic Malfunctions

March 13, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, joined Good Day Philadelphia to help viewers understand the larger picture of recent fertility clinic failures.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Football Custody Dispute with Good Day Philadelphia

March 09, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, discussed a Pittsburgh father's decision to go to court to prevent his son from playing high school football.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29 to Discuss the Larry Nassar Sentencing and Lawsuit Against Questlove

January 25, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, appeared on Fox 29 to discuss the Larry Nassar sentencing and the lawsuit against Questlove.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses How Tax Reform Will Impact Alimony with Dr. Drew

January 12, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Practice, discussed Tax Reforms effects on Alimony on Dr. Drew's Radio show.

Pregnant hospital worker claims she was fired for refusing to get flu shot

January 11, 2018

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia on the local Fox affiliate to discuss Allison LaBarbera, a pregnant ultrasound technician from Long Island who refused to get a flu shot and was subsequently fired from her job at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Allegations Against Matt Lauer on Good Day Philadelphia

November 30, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29 to discuss the sexual harassment allegations against Matt Lauer and others.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Recent Sexual Assault and Harassment Allegations on Good Day Philadelphia

November 17, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29 News discussing the recent sexual assault and harassment allegations being made against movie stars and politicians.

Jennifer Brandt Talks Scott Peterson on Good Day Philadelphia

September 20, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Group, was a guest on Fox 29 News discussing the A&E series on Scott Peterson “The Murder of Laci Peterson” and whether or not he will get a new trial.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses DACA on Happening Now

September 05, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, appeared on Happening Now on Fox News to discuss President Trump ending DACA.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia for Taylor Swift Trial

August 11, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law Group, sat down with the Good Day Philadelphia morning news team to give her legal opinion on the Taylor Swift trial.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses the Case of Mallory Grossman on Good Day Philadelphia

August 02, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law Practice, appeared on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the case of Mallory Grossman.

Jennifer Brandt Talks Usher Lawsuit

July 24, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, appeared on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the Usher lawsuit.

Jennifer Brandt Speaks on Dr. Drew Pinsky's Radio Show

June 08, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm’s Family Law Practice, was a guest on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s radio show to discuss a bill pending in the New York Assembly and the Kaplan case in Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Brandt Featured in Attorney at Work Article

June 02, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, answered five questions for Attorney at Work about her practice and how she built her business.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses DJ Creato Case on LawNewz.com

May 16, 2017

Jennifer Brandt appeared on LawNewz.com to discuss the New Jersery Case of DJ Creato charged with the murder of his 3-year-old son, Brendan, in Haddon Township.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses the Richard Simmons Lawsuit on Fox 29

May 09, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses the Richard Simmons lawsuit on Fox29.

Jennifer Brandt Talks Bachelor Arrest on Fox 29

April 26, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses former Bachelor Chris Soles criminal charges following a vehicular accident where Soles fled the scene.

Former Chili’s Servers, Bartenders Standing Their Ground, in Court

April 21, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law group, was featured on Fox29 News discussing the former Chili's server filing a lawsuit against the restaurant for non-tip producing work.

Upper Darby Mom Charged with Child Endangerment

March 16, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the firm's Family Law practice, will be a guest on Fox 29 News to discuss the Upper Darby mom charged with child endangerment after her 8-year-old set fire to paper towels when he was left home alone in their apartment.

Children Burned from Drinking Juice at Lancaster Co. Restaurant

March 07, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the Cozen O'Connor Family Law Group, will be a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the two children who were hospitalized after drinking what was supposed to be apple juice at a restaurant in Lancaster County.

Alienation Nation: Custody, Kids & Divorce [The American Law Journal]

March 06, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, appears on The American Law Journal to discuss Parental Alienation Syndrome.

New Jersey Bill Would Ban Marriage Under the Age of 18

February 17, 2017

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses this issue on Fox29.

State Supreme Court Reinstates Conviction of Michael Skakel in 1975 murder

December 31, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses Skakel's trial and how he might potentially be sent back to prison on Fox News.

Splitting Up? Former Couples Hold Divorce Party Together with Exes

December 22, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses former couples holding divorce parties on Fox29.

Sofía Vergara Embryo Case

December 10, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, was a guest on HLN's Weekend Express to discuss a right-to-live lawsuit filed in Louisiana on behalf of fertilized eggs against Sofia Vergara.

Sofía Vergara Sued by her Own Embryos

December 07, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses this issue on Dr. Drew Midday Live.

California State Bar Association’s Overhaul of its Ethics Rules

November 29, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses this issue on Fox29.

Lawyernomics Modern JD spotlight: Jennifer Brandt

November 02, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, was featured in the Lawyernomics Modern JD Spotlight.

Jennifer Brandt Named in Philadelphia Business Journal's 2016 Women of Distinction

October 31, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, was named in Philadelphia Business Journal's 2016 Women of Distinction.

How Getting a Prenup Strengthens Your Relationship

September 19, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses how prenups can strengthen your relationship on Avvo Stories.

Woman Gets Husband Barred From Attending Their Child’s Birth

September 08, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses this case in the New York Post.

Playmate Of The Year Dani Mathers Body-Shames Woman At Gym

July 18, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses Playmate of the year Dani Mathers body shaming a woman at the gym on Good Morning Philadelphia.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Johnny Depp's Divorce on Fox29

May 30, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses Johnny Depp's divorce on Fox29.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Surrogacy Case in California

May 26, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses the surrogacy case in California on Fox29 News.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Latest Developments on Prince on Good Day Philadelphia

May 05, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses the latest developments on Prince on Good Day Philadelphia.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Prince and his Estate on Fox Business

April 28, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the Family Law practice, discusses Prince and his estate on Fox Business Network's Cavuto: Coast to Coast.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Prince Not Having A Will on Good Day Philadelphia

April 27, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses Prince not having a will on Good Day Philadelphia.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Recent New Jersey Legislators’ Bill Mandating School Recess Time on Fox News

April 04, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law department, discusses the recent New Jersey legislators’ bill mandating school recess time on Fox Business News.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses the Erin Andrews Case and More on Fox29 News

March 03, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses how children in France can sue their parents for posting online, Madonna's ongoing dispute with her son, and the Erin Andrews case on Fox29 News

Cozen O'Connor Member Jonathan Hoffman Elected as a Board Member for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America- Delaware Valley Chapter.

February 24, 2016

Cozen O'Connor member Jonathan Hoffman was elected as a Board Member for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America- Delaware Valley Chapter and as an executive committee member of the “Take Steps” walk for 2016.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses 'Affluenza' Teen's Case on Fox News

February 19, 2016

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, discusses the move of the 'affluenza' teen's case to adult court system on Fox News.

Jonathan Hoffman Named Secretary of the Montgomery Bar Association's Family Law Section

January 19, 2016

Jonathan Hoffman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice group, ascended to secretary of the Montgomery Bar Association's Family Law Section.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss Mommy Blogger

January 07, 2016

Jennifer Brandt was on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox29 to discuss the mommy-blogger whose photos of her children were turned into a meme.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox29 News to Discuss Family Law Issues in the Headlines

December 29, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Family Law Practice, will be on Fox29 news to discuss various family law issues getting headlines.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss The Birth Control Lawsuit

November 12, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the birth control lawsuit filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas last week.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29 Weekend to Discuss Paid Family Leave

October 24, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Fox 29 Weekend to discuss Paul Ryan and his insistence that he get to spend time with his family if he is named speaker of the house, despite voting against paid family leave.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss Spousal Support and Alimony

October 22, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the recent Hollywood trend where actresses such as Kaley Cuoco and Megan Fox are being asked by their estranged husbands to pay spousal support and alimony.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses “Phubbing” in Avvo Naked Law Blog

October 19, 2015

Jennifer Brandt discusses “phubbing,” or phone snubbing, and how communication is “one of the biggest causes of divorce and with the advent of cell phones, this issue has worsened.”

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss Actress Kelly Rutherford's Ongoing Custody Battle

August 12, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss actress Kelly Rutherford's ongoing custody battle and a recent New York Supreme Court ruling that ordered her children to return to Monaco.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss Potential Liability of Daycare Center

July 31, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the two brothers in Oklahoma who were hospitalized with severe sunburns after a day care trip to a water park.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss Ashley Madison Hacking Scandal

July 21, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the hacking scandal affecting the website Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss Celebrity Family Feuds

May 27, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss family feuds related to Rosie O'Donnell and Bobby Flay.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29 News to Discuss Stay-At-Home Moms Getting A Bonus by Their Husbands

May 20, 2015

According to an opinion piece in The New York Times, the “wife bonus” could be included in a pre- or post-nuptial agreement and is usually based on how much money her husband made and how well she does with household duties.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29 News to Discuss ''Free-Range Parents'' in Washington, D.C.

April 14, 2015

Jennifer Brandt was a guest on Fox 29 News to discuss the recent police scrutiny of the “free-range parents” in suburban Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield to Discuss Aaron Hernandez Trial

April 02, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member of the firm’s Family Law Group, was a guest on Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN to Discuss the Aaron Hernandez trial, as well as the Boston bomber trial.

Jennifer Brandt Named a 2015 “Top Family Law Attorney” By Suburban Life

March 27, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law Practice Group and editor of the blog ''Family Law Focus,'' was selected by Suburban Life Magazine as one of their 2015 ''Top Family Law Attorneys.'' Suburban Life asked their readers to share their opinions on which attorneys excel in family law, resulting in hundreds of votes that helped compile a definitive list of attorneys to turn to for help and guidance in matters of divorce, adoption and other aspects of family law.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Good Day Philadelphia to Discuss Marvin Gaye/Robin Thicke Lawsuit

March 11, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member of the firm’s Family Law Group, was a guest on Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the lawsuit of Marvin Gaye's estate against singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams in the claim that Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" copied Gaye's music. Gaye's estate was awarded $7.4 million.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox News to Discuss Man Who Burned Himself Praying Over Fajitas

March 06, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member of the firm’s Family Law Group, was a guest on Fox News to discuss the lawsuit of a man who attempted to sue Applebee's after burning himself while praying over a hot plate of fajitas.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29 News to Discuss a Man Accused of Secretly Filming Women in Their Homes

March 03, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member of the firm’s Family Law Group, was on Fox 29 News to discuss the arrest of a Narberth man who allegedly secretly filmed women in their homes and in the dressing rooms at King of Prussia stores. He is being charged with multiple counts of invasion of privacy, criminal use of a communication device, trespass and other related crimes.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29 to Discuss Legal Battle Over Robin Williams' Estate

February 04, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member in the firm's family law group, appeared on Fox 29 Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the legal battle over actor Robin Williams' estate.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox News Network to Discuss CT Teen Forced to Undergo Chemotherapy

January 13, 2015

Jennifer Brandt, a member of the firm’s Family Law Group, was on the Fox News Network today to discuss the Connecticut teen who is being forced to undergo chemotherapy. The 17-year-old girl previously refused the treatment for her cancer, was removed from her home, and is now in state custody. The case is scheduled to go before the Connecticut Supreme Court this week.

Jennifer Brandt Named a ''2014 Top Attorney'' By Suburban Life

December 18, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law Practice Group and editor of the blog ''Family Law Focus,'' was selected by Suburban Life Magazine as one of their 2014 ''Top Attorneys.'' Jennifer has built an active family law practice, representing parties in divorce, custody, and support/alimony matters throughout both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her involvement in family law litigation extends to both the trial court and appellate levels. She also negotiates prenuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements on behalf of clients.

Behind the Scenes with an Avvo Attorney: Philadelphia Divorce Attorney Jennifer Brandt

November 23, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, co-chair of the Cozen O'Connor Family Law practice, will appear on Behind the Scenes with an Avvo Attorney.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses PA Boy Beaten to Death by His Parents on Fox 29 News

November 07, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, of the firm's Family Law practice, appeared on Fox 29 News to discuss the story of the Chester County boy beaten to death by his parents. The couple, Jillian Tait, 31, and Gary Lee Fellenbaum, 23, were charged with the murder of Tait’s three-year-old son.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Fox 29 Weekend to Discuss the PA Judicial Scandal

October 25, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice group, was a guest on Fox 29 Weekend to discuss the recent Pennsylvania judicial scandal and tips to protect yourself when sending emails or posting on social media.

Jennifer Brandt Appears in the Jewish Exponent's Newsmakers of the Week

October 22, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Family Law practice group, appears in the Jewish Exponent’s October 23 Newsmakers of the Week column. The column highlights Jennifer’s recent selection as one of Main Line Today’s ‘’Power Women.’’

Jennifer Brandt Named One of Main Line Today’s 2014 ''Power Women''

October 02, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Family Law Practice and editor of the blog ''Family Law Focus,'' was selected by Main Line Today as one of their 2014 ''Power Women.'' Jennifer has built an active family law practice, representing parties in divorce, custody, and support/alimony matters throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also negotiates prenuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Recognized as a legal expert by the media, Jennifer appears regularly on national and local television and radio. She can be seen on CNN, Fox News Network, MSNBC, Headline News, ABC and NBC, as well as a number of Philadelphia-area news programs.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on America's Newsroom on Fox News to Discuss Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

September 01, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, a member of the firm's family law practice group, was recently a guest on America's Newsroom on Fox News to discuss the recently leaked celebrity nude pictures by hackers. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence was one of the many targeted.

Jennifer Brandt Discusses Financial Obligations of Remarrying Couples in Arrive Magazine

July 02, 2014

In an article titled “For Richer, For Poorer – Before Exchanging Those Vows, Couples Should Evaluate Their Financial Futures,” Jennifer Brandt, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Family Law Department, discusses the importance of discussing financial obligations before marriage to avoid resentment in the future. “The new spouse needs to understand and accept that these obligations can cause a serious financial impact on cash flow and may affect their lifestyle,” says Jennifer.

Jennifer Brandt Appears on Cavuto to Discuss John Boehner's Potential Suit Against Barack Obama

June 25, 2014

Jennifer Brandt, a member of the firm's Family Law Department, was a guest on Cavuto on the Fox Business Network on June 25, 2014.