Yearly Archives: 2013

Parental vs. Medical Decisionmaking

Last week I appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel  to comment about the tragic case of Jahi McMath.  Jahi is the 13 year old California girl who had what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy on December

Posted in Custody

Defamation During a Divorce

It is often said that the Criminal Division of the Court deals with “bad” people at their best behavior, while the Family Division deals with “good” people at their worst behavior.  Divorce litigation is undoubtedly stressful, and emotions often lead

Posted in Divorce

Some Insight On Choosing The Right Lawyer

A recent article by Avvo entitled, “What’s In A Lawyer” demonstrates, in diagram form, the results of a survey about what people view as the most important factors in hiring a lawyer.  (See article by clicking here).  Out of the top three characteristics

Posted in Uncategorized

Taking Relocation In Custody To A Whole New Level

A top story this week was the custody case involving Olympic skier, Bode Miller.  Read more about it by clicking here.  The case is newsworthy, not so much because it involves a top-notch athlete, but rather because it took the concept

Posted in Custody

The Lingering Impact of Tribal Law in Adoption Matters

Adoptions, like most family law matters, proceed through state courts and are governed by state laws.  For most families, rules and procedures specific to the state in which the adoption takes place are the only laws that have an impact

Posted in Adoption

To Share Or Not Share The Lottery Loot

During a recent television appearance on Fox 29 (see clip by clicking here), I was asked to comment on a New Jersey case receiving significant media attention.  A non-married couple, Ines Sanchez and Pedro Quezada,  resided together as a couple for ten years, and a child

Posted in Support

Keeping The Holidays Happy Despite Your Divorce

These days, as soon as November hits, we are 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

Posted in Divorce

Dealing With The Marital Home In Divorce

A recent article on entitled Splitsville? How to divide property in a divorce discussed the importance of dealing with the marital home in a divorce.  Oftentimes, the marital home is the major marital asset.  It is also an asset

Posted in Divorce

Five Tips To Consider Before You File For Divorce

There is no doubt that divorce is one of the most devastating events that can occur in one’s life.  Whether you are the one filing for divorce or your spouse is filing against you, emotions often cloud reasonable judgment.  This

Posted in Divorce

The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention, a treaty adopted by over seventy countries, addresses custody matters on an international level.  The most common situation where the Hague Convention comes into play is “wrongful removal” (where one parent takes the child to another country

Posted in Custody
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Attorney Jennifer A. Brandt, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Family Law practice, has represented a wide variety of clients in hundreds of family law cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Jennifer is a regular legal commentator on national and local television outlets such as CNN, Fox New Network, HLN, MSNBC, Fox29, ABC News, NBC and CBS and frequently writes and contributes to articles in numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, Fox, The PhiIly Post,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Business Journal, the National Law Journal, and Main Line Today magazine.
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