Julia Swain Discusses Changing State of Paternity in Pennsylvania

October 9, 2012 – Press Releases

Julia Swain, partner in the Family Law Practice of Fox Rothschild LLP, recently discussed the changing case law of paternity at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s CLE course “Paternity Cases: Is the Standard for Paternity in Pennsylvania Changing?”

Joined by a group of panelists, Swain provided information on the way Pennsylvania determines paternity, which, despite the norm of genetic testing, still includes doctrines of marital presumption and paternity by estoppel. Using recent case law as a backdrop, Swain and panelists discussed how the outcomes of child support cases may change where paternity is at issue.

In her practice, Swain represents clients in all aspects of family law including divorce, custody, support, equitable distribution and abuse. She litigates family law cases in the five-county Philadelphia area, including appellate courts and negotiates settlements and prenuptial agreements.

Swain is the immediate past chair of the Philadelphia Family Law Section, during which time she also served as a voting member of the Bar Association’s Board of Governors and Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention. Swain was the 2009 and 2010 recipient of the Pro Bono Roll of Honor award from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, recognizing her pro bono work as exemplary. In 2009, she was the recipient of the White Hat Award from the Legal Clinic for the Disabled for her outstanding volunteer work.

Swain is a frequent writer and speaker on family law issues and serves as Associate Editor for the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, the monthly newspaper of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Swain has also been appointed to serve on the Family Law Working Group of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Civil Gideon Task Force.

Swain received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law and her B.A. from University of Delaware.