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.
- Child custody, support and visitation
- Divorce and equitable distribution
- 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