On-Demand Video

Equitable Distribution in Divorce 2023

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  • Start Date:2023-06-01 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-06-01 20:00:00
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  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Family Law

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Complex fact patterns arise in numerous cases. The difficulty becomes how to present the facts in a positive manner or how to defend the facts vigorously. Join this panel of experienced attorneys and Divorce Masters as they work through three fact patterns and share their best tips and tricks. Discussion will include:

– Most persuasive factors

– How to size up the case and narrow the issues

– Preferred litigation strategies

– Divorce Masters’ expectations for lawyers

All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book.

Recorded in June 2023.


Debra Cantor Esq.

Ms. Cantor is a member with the Harrisburg law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. She practices in the area of family law in various Central Pennsylvania counties. Ms. Cantor is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Pennsylvania, Dauphin County and Cumberland County Bar Associations. Ms. Cantor is a member of the PBA Collaborative Law Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Lipsitt American Inn of Court. She has served as a case notes contributor to The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer and serves as a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Ms. Cantor has been named a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine since 2007 and a Best Lawyer by Woodward/White Inc. since 2013. She received her B.A., with honors, from the Pennsylvania State University, and her J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

Cindy Conley Esq.

Ms. Conley is one of two full-time divorce hearing officers for Dauphin County. She received her B.S. from Wilson College in Chambersburg in 1980. After college, she entered the United States Air Force and served as a First Lieutenant/Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander on the Titan II Nuclear Missile System. Ms. Conley obtained her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1989. She clerked for the Honorable Wayne G. Hummer, Jr. of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas from 1989 to 1990. Ms. Conley was in private practice, limited to matrimonial law, from 1990 until 2007. From 2007 until 2014 she was a full-time divorce hearing master in York County. In 2015, she became a full-time divorce hearing officer in Dauphin.

Timothy Colgan Esq.

Mr. Colgan is the owner of Colgan & Associates, LLC in Mechanicsburg. He helps families facing separation and divorce reach fair agreements that allow them to put their children first and move past their divorce and separation. Mr. Colgan’s work helps families minimize the emotional pain and financial destruction normally associated with separation and divorce. He works best with clients who are interested in reaching fair agreements to achieve closure and preserve respectful relationships for the benefit of their children. Mr. Colgan has been a Parenting Coordinator since 2017. He trained in Collaborative Practice in 2007 and Mediation in 2008. He was the 2008 and 2009 president of the Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania (CPCP). Mr. Colgan is a member of the Cumberland County, York County, Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Mr. Colgan is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and the Widener University School of Law.

Robert Raver Esq.

Mr. Raver is an attorney and trained mediator at Raver Rawlings & Parker PLLC. His practice spans all aspects of divorce, including equitable distribution, custody, paternity, protection from abuse, and support. He also negotiates and drafts prenuptial, postnuptial, property settlement, and marriage settlement agreements. Mr. Raver frequently co-authors articles with colleagues and speaks on family law topics. He has served as an Articles/Comments Editor for the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, the official quarterly publication of the PBA. In addition, he previously co-authored and taught Tax Aspects of Separation and Divorce. Mr. Raver is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association and participates in the Family Law Section of the ACBA. Mr. Raver has previously served on the Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section Council. He received his Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law, where he served as a member of the Family Law Society. Mr. Raver remains an active member of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association. 

Michael Chilcot Jr., Esq.

Mike is an Associate at Leech Tishman’s State College office, where he focuses his practice in the area of family law. Mike is a member of the Family Law Section Council and is on the programming committee. He is a co-author of the Lexis Nexis Pennysylvania Family Law Practice Guide. He has course planned and presented numerous Family Law related PBI topics. Mike loves being involved in his community and is the legal advisor to the Bellefonte Area High School Mock Trial Team. An animal lover, Mike is on the board of directors for Centre County PAWS.

John Smider Esq.

Attorney John Patrick “Pat” Smider, Esq. has served as Divorce Master for Washington County, PA for 17 years, for a ten-year period as one of two half-time Divorce Masters and subsequently for seven years as the sole Divorce Master when Washington County chose to maintain one full time Divorce Master. His current county duties include his position as back-up/conflicts Domestic Relations Hearing Officer and as the Hearing Officer for all Domestic Relations for actions concerning spousal support/APL when there is no child support claim. The latter provides a seamless, dovetail arrangement for the actions in Divorce involving the same parties. In his service as Standing Master in Divorce (n/k/a Divorce Hearing Officer), the Court refers some time-­consuming Discovery matters to Attorney Smider along with some Enforcement and Contempt matters. Adherence to procedural rules is important to Attorney Smider as they give counsel and the parties a level and fair playing field and act as a gatekeeper for actions to be properly evaluated and heard. Attorney Smider oversees the review of documents to obtain A Court Order Establishing Grounds for a Divorce (which Washington County has been requiring for over three years), Motions for Appointment of Master and the obtaining of Divorce Decrees. He previously served on the Family Law Local Rules Committee with Attorney Jozie Johnson which, at their request, promulgated a user-friendly process to appear before a Divorce Master for a Conferences in Washington County. The overwhelming majority of assigned cases are settled by Attorney Smider. Only a handful of Divorce actions reach a Hearing during the year resulting in a Report and Recommendation. Attorney Smider has conducted many Family Law CLE classes involving, procedure, substantive law and ethics. Drake v. Drake 725 A.2d 717 {1999) is the seminal case regarding a spouse’s worker’s compensation claim being addressed in Equitable Distribution and which led to its progeny, a series of Divorce cases involving personal injury claims and the “accrual” analysis of a marital property interest involving such cases. This analysis was first addressed by Attorney Smider in his Master’s Report and Recommendation, adopted by the trial court following Exceptions and ultimately determined to be the correct legal analysis by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in an opinion authored by Madame Justice Neuman. Attorney Smider previously served as a Child Custody Conference Officer and maintains a small private practice outside of his Washington County obligations (having done so for 35 years) and in that regard focuses on real estate, oil and gas interests, small business matters, Estates and Estate planning, all of which are, at times, beneficial in evaluating issues which arise in Divorce actions. 

Randi Rubin Esq.

Randi Lynne Rubin is a partner at Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, a mid-size law firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New York.  Randi leads the Family Law practice with the primary objective of achieving her clients’ goals with compassion and zealous advocacy. Randi focuses her practice on a wide range of family law matters representing clients in complex custody matters and complicated divorce and support matters. As a seasoned trial lawyer for over 24 years, Randi litigates in courts in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey. Her clients include business owners, entrepreneurs, and high-net-worth individuals requiring sophisticated advice. Prior to starting a family law practice at her former law firm, she worked in the firm’s commercial litigation and real estate and finance departments, with a 2-year hiatus from the firm, to serve as general counsel for a sports construction company. Randi was formerly a managing member of medical marijuana dispensary that was one of Pennsylvania’s first Dispensary license-holders, which had three locations in South Central Pennsylvania and is now a partner in a medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey.  Randi has been a panelist for numerous CLEs involving Family Law and the intersection of Medical Marijuana and Family Law, including the City of Philadelphia Law Department at Law Day, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section, the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Montgomery County Legal Expo and the Toby Dickman Seminar.  Randi also has authored numerous articles in family law and authored, “Marijuana’s Role in Child-Custody Case,” which was published in the Legal Intelligencer.  Randi is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a member of its Executive Committee.  Randi is also an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association.  In 2023, she was appointed to the Montgomery Bar Association Board of Directors. She is the Chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Bench Bar Liaison Committee.  She previously chaired the custody committee from 2014-2017; chaired the Toby Dickman Seminar in 2012 and presented in 2022; and has been a member of the Bench Bar Committee (2013-present).  Randi serves as subcommittee chair of the family law section of the Medical Marijuana and Hemp Committee for both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Medical Marijuana and Hemp Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  Licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Randi earned her bachelor’s degree at Penn State University and a juris doctorate at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

Bruce Ferguson Esq.

Attorney Bruce J. Ferguson of Penn Township, Westmoreland County, is a Divorce Hearing Officer for the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and former Counsel for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee. Prior to his current position, Attorney Ferguson had been in private practice for over 16 years, nine years of which were at The Ferguson Law Office, LLC in Washington, PA where he concentrated his solo practice in family law and juvenile dependency cases. Before starting his own law office, Attorney Ferguson was an associate attorney with the family law firms of Johnson, Dawson & Associates, PC in Washington, PA and Raphael Ramsden & Behers, P.C. in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Ferguson is a past member of the Allegheny County and Washington County Bar Associations, the Matrimonial American Inns of Court, and is a past president of the Washington County Bar Association’s Family Law Section. He also served on numerous boards of directors, including the Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Aid Society, as Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Washington County, and as President of the Canon-McMillan (High School) Hockey Association. Mr. Ferguson is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and Duquesne University School of Law. He also served four years in the United States Air Force. 

Catherine Boyle Esq.

As a family law attorney for over 28 years, Cathy has devoted her legal career to the practice of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, prenuptial agreements and many other family law related issues. She is also a certified divorce mediator. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Widener School of Law, Cathy started as an associate at Meyers & Desfor in 1996. In 1999, she became a partner in what is now Saltzgiver & Boyle. Cathy is a frequent course planner and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) and the National Business Institute (NBI), having taught numerous family law seminars to fellow attorneys. She has authored and published extensive instructional materials for both PBI and NBI. Cathy also taught Family Law at Widener University of Law, as an adjunct professor. Cathy is active in her local legal community. In 2011, Cathy was invited by the Dauphin County judges and her peers to join the Honorable William W. Lipsitt Inns of Court as a founding member, where she now serves as an officer. She is also a member of the Family Law Sections of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Dauphin County Bar Association, where she previously served as an officer. In 2012, Cathy was recognized by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg as a Woman of Excellence in the Capital Region. She served on the YWCA Board of Directors for eight years in many different capacities, including Vice President. She also chaired the YWCA Legal Center Advisory Committee, and raised much needed funds for the Center. In 2022 and 2020, Harrisburg Magazine recognized Cathy as “Simply The Best” Divorce Attorney in their annual readers’ poll. 

Michael Bertin Esq.

Mr. Bertin is a partner at the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, where he is the Co-Chair of the Family Law Department.  Mr. Bertin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Chapter.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers In America.  Mr. Bertin was named the 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law for Philadelphia and eastern counties of Pennsylvania by The Best Lawyers In America.  Mr. Bertin is co-author of the book PENNSYLVANIA CHILD CUSTODY LAW, PRACTICE, AND PROCEDURE.  Mr. Bertin received a 2011 PBA Special Achievement Award for his contributions and work with the PBA Family Law Section to enact the new Custody Act.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission Domestic Relations Advisory Committee.  Mr. Bertin is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and former member of its Executive Committee and Council (the governing bodies of the Section).  He is a former chair and member of the Procedural Rules Committee, Legislative Committee, and Program Committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  He is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and currently the co-chair of its Custody Committee.  Mr. Bertin is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Mr. Bertin is a Zone One Delegate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates.  Mr. Bertin is listed as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. He was also selected as one of the 2018 Makers of the Main Line by Philadelphia Magazine.  He is also listed as one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s Ten Leaders in Divorce Law by the Ten Leaders Cooperative.  Mr. Bertin was also selected as a “2007 Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly.  Mr. Bertin is a frequent lecturer, moderator, and author on family law topics.  He has written over 100 legal articles.  He is the family law columnist for The Legal Intelligencer.  His articles have also appeared in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly; The Philadelphia Lawyer; Family Lawyer Magazine; Pennsylvania Family Lawyer; and PBI and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers course materials.  Mr. Bertin is the course planner and moderator of the recurring PBI program: Family Law in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, & Montgomery Counties.  Mr. Bertin is a member of the Family Law Advisory Council for the Volunteers for Indigent Program and Philadelphia Law Works, the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn Of Court, and the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association.  Mr. Bertin is a former member of the Nicholas J. Cipriani Family Law American Inn Of Court.  He received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer’s Eric D. Turner Award.  

Lynn Snyder Esq.

Ms. Snyder is a family law attorney with more than thirty years of experience in public service and private practice. She currently serves as an Equitable Distribution Hearing Officer in Montgomery County. Previously Ms. Snyder was a private practitioner and served as a Family Court Hearing Officer in Chester County, where she resolved hundreds of complex equitable distribution, support and custody cases; authored seminal cases; and presided over cases of first Impression. Prior to being appointed a Hearing Officer, she honed her litigation skills as a Deputy District Attorney in the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. Certified in Good Shepherd Divorce and Custody Mediation, Ms. Snyder has presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Chester County Bar Association and Montgomery County Bar Association continuing legal education programs. She has volunteered with Access to Justice and been involved with the Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court. Ms. Snyder received her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and her B.A. from Ursinus College. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar and admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

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