August 25, 1997 |
The initial premise of Donald J. Middleman (Guest Opinion, Aug. 7), that the system creates problems in families, is shortsighted and fails to acknowledge the accountability of the parties who themselves cause the violence. Any damage to parents, and especially children, can be cured by the parties themselves realizing they are the ones who control how their children are ultimately affected by the proceedings. Parents must realize they are the only ones who can cause or prevent their children from being involved in, much less harmed by, "the system.
August 30, 1999 |
Here comes the judge! OK, here comes the family-law attorney and former judge pro tem, Mablean (say it Maybelline) Ephraim, who will take up the gavel for the reincarnated Divorce Court, premiering today on Fox Philadelphia at 11 a.m. Ephraim may not be a judge, but 10 minutes in her presence could convince any jury that she's more than qualified to play one on TV, to render binding judgment to the troubled couples who will come before her....
August 7, 1997 |
The family-law system is a major contributor to family violence, acrimony and damage to both parents and children. The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan once said, "Nothing so inflames the human heart as a sense of injustice. " And injustice is the daily stock in trade of the family-law system. Look no further than Family Court, where Dad is ripped off for thousands of dollars. He is subjected to discriminatory laws and practices, cynically opposite to American ideals of fair play, equal treatment, due process or the right to a jury trial.
October 20, 2014 |
Riding the escalator in Philadelphia's new Family Court after last week's ribbon-cutting ceremony, I overheard a woman remark that the building didn't turn out as bad as she expected, given the grubby scandal that accompanied its creation. I concur. Sure, Philadelphia's first new courthouse in a generation is a dispiriting example of bland, office-park architecture plunked in the civic heart of the city. The exterior has all the charm of a cardboard box - and the proportions to match.
June 15, 2007 |
Martin J. Abramson, 62, of Ventnor City, died Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., three days after attending his daughter's wedding in Jamaica. The cause of death apparently was a "cardiac event," his wife said. Mr. Abramson, an attorney, was a partner in the firm of Abramson, Walker & Moore in Woodbury, where he specialized in family law. He was a fellow with the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; lectured on matrimonial law for the Gloucester County Bar Association; and was active with "Putting Children First" a county program for all parties going though a divorce who have children under the age of 18. "He put his clients above everything else, and fought like a junkyard dog in court for them," said Clyde Walker, his law partner and longtime friend.
August 18, 1996 |
Paula Sharp is both a novelist and lawyer, but please don't judge her on circumstantial evidence. Lawyer/writer stereotypes don't apply. Unlike Louis Auchincloss, she's not a big-time Wall Street attorney, writing of corporate earnings and reeling them in. Unlike Scott Turow, she neither prosecuted felons nor graduated to a Chicago firm. Unlike John Grisham, she doesn't get casting and script approval over the film versions of her books (there are none yet) or make millions writing legal thrillers.
January 22, 1999 |
Warminster lawyer Marijo M. Murphy, who specializes in divorce, abuse, custody, and other family-court cases, has announced that she will run for Bucks County Common Pleas Court judge this year. Murphy, 56, a Democrat, will be up against two well-known Republican row officers, District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein and Controller Rae Boylan Thomas. The three will vie to fill two seats on the Bucks County bench, one vacated by William Hart Rufe 3d this month and the other to be vacated by Isaac S. Garb when he retires in June.
May 15, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Monica Forte sat in a House hearing room Tuesday, her son Tony wired to an IV in a backpack beside her, and tearfully begged lawmakers to pass a bill to update Pennsylvania's organ-donation law. "There are not enough kids as pediatric donors," Forte told a legislative panel. Tony, who turns 9 next month, was born with an intestinal disease and is on the waiting list for a stomach, liver, and small intestine transplant. He is one of 200 children on the state's waiting list for organ transplants.
October 24, 2013 |
Did you hear the one about the man who burned his wife's wedding dress in a backyard bonfire the night she left him? How about the couple, divorcing after 40 years of marriage, who amicably divided their retirement accounts but couldn't agree on who would keep the painting of the little girl on a swing? Or the lesbian couple who sought legal review of their contract with a sperm donor - who happened to be the brother of one of the women? These are not setups to jokes swapped at the bar association cocktail party.
November 1, 2005
Bucks County voters can't go wrong on Nov. 8 in selecting a successor to Common Pleas Court Judge Michael J. Kane, who leaves the bench after nearly two decades handling family legal disputes. Either of two contenders can be expected to serve ably. A strict r?sum? comparison, however, gives Republican JEFFREY L. FINLEY the edge. A member of a large Doylestown firm, Finley was voted "highly recommended" by fellow attorneys in the county. He brings solid and varied litigation experience, including more than 200 assignments as a hearing officer in student disciplinary cases convened by local school districts.