Michèlle Pokrifka

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Michélle Pokrifka’s primary legal practice is in the area of family law. She focuses on family and domestic matters including divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, support, and adoption as well as same sex adoption and gestational carrier and surrogacy documentation.  All of which are life changing events that can be emotionally complex.  With over twenty years of experience as a family law attorney, Michélle understands both the emotional and legal aspects surrounding family matters.  She believes in providing her clients with all viable options legally available to them so that they can decide which course of action is best for them. 

Michélle has previous experience as staff counsel for the York County Domestic Relations Office where she represented individuals on an appointed basis.  In this position she handled child support cases, prosecuted contempt cases, pursued enforcement measures and managed and litigated paternity trials.  She was a previous adjunct faculty member for Harrisburg Area Community College where Michélle taught domestic relations.

In addition to her family law practice, Michélle also represents municipalities on a myriad of issues, including zoning, land use and development, and  financing.  She currently serves as solicitor to Glen Rock Borough in Southern York County and routinely drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts and advises council members and elected and appointed officials in matters such as the Sunshine Law, Open Records Act issues, employment, personnel, and other matters.

She also understands the importance of staying up to date on the latest developments in state law.  As new developments arise, such as the amendments to the Open Records Act, she advises her clients on how the law pertains to local government and any steps they must take to comply. 

When not practicing law, Michélle enjoys cooking and entertaining with friends and family. Michélle resides in York, PA with her husband and two dogs, which she pampers and adores.

 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Adoption
  • Child custody, support and visitation
  • Divorce and equitable distribution
  • Guardianship
  • Grandparents’ visitation rights
  • Legal separation
  • Name changes
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Protection from abuse
  • Spousal support / alimony
  • Same sex adoption
  • Surrogecy and gestational carrier contracts and Court Orders

Michélle Pokrifka’s primary legal practice is in the area of family law. She focuses on family and domestic matters including divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, support, and adoption as well as same sex adoption and gestational carrier and surrogacy documentation. All of which are life changing events that can be emotionally complex. With over twenty years of experience as a family law attorney, Michélle understands both the emotional and legal aspects surrounding family matters. She believes in providing her clients with all viable options legally available to them so that they can decide which course of action is best for them.

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Education and Honors: 
J.D., Widener University School of Law - 1992.
B.S., Georgian Court College, cum laude - 1988.
Leadership York graduate
Bar Admissions: 
Pennsylvania
Professional Affiliations: 
York County Bar Association – formerly on Board of Directors
York County Bar Foundation – former Board of Directors and Grant Cmte.
Victim Assistance Center - Board of Directors
Memorial Hospital IRB Bioethics Cmte.
York Hospital IRB Institutional Review Board
YWCA - Board of Directors
YWCA Sexual Assault Awareness Subcommittee
CPIP - Central Pennsylvania Immigration Project – Founding Board Member

Articles

  • 05.07.14

    The Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010. Enrollment commenced on October 1, 2013.  This Act requires that all employers with 50 or more full-time employees offer affordable and adequate health care coverage to their employees.  Under the Act full time equates to 30 or more work hours per week on average.  Those employees working less than 30 hours would be aggregated into full time equivalents.  Those employers that do not offer such healthcare may be required to offer health insurance to the employees or pay a penalty for failure to do so.

  • 05.15.11

    The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act was signed into law on October 27, 2010 by Governor Ed Rendell.  It will become effective on April 25, 2011. 

    This new Act will assist municipalities in obtaining judgments against the assets of blighted property owners.  The Act goes even further in allowing an absent derelict property owner to be possibly extradited for prosecution related to the blighted properties and can further be stopped from further development of properties even outside of the municipality.

  • 07.28.09

    In rapidly changing economic times, parents who have child support orders need to know their rights and obligations. Pennsylvania’s system of child support collection and enforcement is centralized in Harrisburg. You can learn about the system and access your own child support account at www.childsupport.state.pa.us.

    Child support orders are modified at the request of either party if there has been a material change in circumstances, this includes a significant change in income and changes in day care or other costs. 

  • 05.28.09

    Pennsylvania’s new Right-to-Know Law is now just over three months old and already there has been a number of Advisory Opinions and Final Determinations issued by the Office of Open Records (OOR) providing guidance as to OOR’s interpretation and enforcement of the Act.

    The Executive Director in her message on the Open Records website states that open and honest government “can only be attained through the unfettered exchange of information between citizens and their government”. This statement is clearly reflected in the opinions and decisions from the OOR.

  • 08.10.08

    Pennsylvania has a complex body of law that requires that separated parents pay child support. The laws involved include statutes passed by the Pennsylvania legislature, rules established by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and a set of economic guidelines written and regularly revised by a committee appointed to the task by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as, a significant body of case law regarding how such rules are to be implemented.

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Videos

  • 05.16.14

    Learn how child support is calculated in Pennsylvania.  This video provides a legal discussion on the basics of child support orders addressing your frequently asked questions, walking you through the steps involved in the process, and providing a list of the necessary documents needed you will need. 

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