Swain Discusses Pre-Divorce Planning at Philadelphia Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference

October 15, 2012 – Press Releases

As part of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference, Julia Swain, partner in the Family Law Practice of Fox Rothschild LLP, recently presented “Pre-Separation Dissipation of the Marital Estate.”

Swain joined The Honorable Holly J. Ford of the First Judical District, Mary Cushing Doherty, Esquire of High Swartz and Mitchell E. Benson, CPA and Principal of Savran Benson to discuss how pre-separation dissipation, which includes reckless conduct that diminishes the value of the marital estate, can adversely impact the marital estate but cannot be addressed until after a divorce action is commenced. They analyzed what can be done to address such actions after the divorce process begins and brought awareness to the many ways in which spouses engage in pre-divorce planning.

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 2009,2010 and 2011 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.