Michèlle Pokrifka

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Michélle Pokrifka is a shareholder with CGA Law Firm. Her primary legal practice is in the area of family law.  Michélle focuses on family and domestic matters including divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, support, adoption, gestational carrier and surrogacy matters for same gender and opposite gender parents. With over 25 years of experience as a family law attorney, Michélle understands both the complex emotional and legal aspects surrounding family matters. She provides her clients with all of their options so they can decide which course of action is best for them. 

Michélle represents individuals, children and families in all aspects of family and domestic matters including:

  • Adoption: domestic and registration of foreign adoption including Hague Convention custody matters
  • Child custody, support and visitation
  • Divorce and equitable distribution
  • Guardianship
  • Grandparents’ visitation
  • Name changes
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Protection from abuse
  • Spousal support/alimony
  • Same sex adoption
  • Surrogecy and gestational carrier contracts
  • Estate planning
  • Appellate matters
  • Special immigrant juvenile cases

In addition to her family law practice, Michélle also represents businesses and municipalities on a myriad of issues including business sale and acquisition, real estate and municipal matters. She currently serves as solicitor to Glen Rock Borough in Southern York County. In this role, she:

  • Drafts ordinances, resolutions and contracts
  • Advises council members and elected and appointed officials in matters such as The Sunshine Law and Open Records Acts issues

Michélle 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. 

Michélle Pokrifka is a shareholder with CGA Law Firm. Her primary legal practice is in the area of family law.  Michélle focuses on family and domestic matters including divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, support, adoption, gestational carrier and surrogacy matters for same gender and opposite gender parents. With over 25 years of experience as a family law attorney, Michélle understands both the complex emotional and legal aspects surrounding family matters. She provides her clients with all of their options so 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: 
YWCA of York, Board of Directors
YWCA of York Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Subcommittees
White Rose Barbell Club, Board of Directors
Central Pennsylvania Immigration Project (CPIP), founding member of the Board of Directors
York County Bar Association, former member of the Board of Directors
York County Bar Foundation, former member of the Board of Directors and Grant Committee
Memorial Hospital IRB Bioethics Committee, former member of the Board of Directors
York Hospital IRB Insititutional Review Board, former member of the Board of Directors

Articles

  • 11.21.14

    Revisions to the Borough Code became effective June 17, 2014. These revisions were in response to the overhaul of the Borough Code which was effective in July 2012. 

  • 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.

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  • 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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