The Legal Intelligencer: PFA Order Not Substantial Burden on Right to Exercise Religion
In an article published in The Legal Intelligencer on December 7, 2021, family law attorney Michael Bertin examines the recent protection from abuse case of Kaur v. Singh, 253 A.3d 505 (Pa. Super. 2021) that highlights the intersection of safety with one’s constitutional rights.
According to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, “the freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment does not include freedom from all regulation of an individual’s acts and conduct as contradistinguished from his beliefs.” Further, the Superior Court provided the reminder that “while the First Amendment prohibits the government from burdening the free exercise of religion, the First Amendment is only implicated if the governmental burden on an individual’s practice is substantial.”
Michael Bertin is a family law attorney who focuses his practice on child custody, child support, and divorce, including the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, divorce, custody, support, alimony, property distribution, prenuptial agreements, and related issues. He represents clients in the Philadelphia region, the Main Line, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester counties, and throughout Pennsylvania. He maintains offices in Philadelphia, PA, and in West Conshohocken, PA located in the heart of the Main Line. Michael was selected as the 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in the Philadelphia region by the Best Lawyers in America. He is co-author of the book Pennsylvania Child Custody Law, Practice, And Procedure. Michael is a former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and former Chair of the Family Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Michael holds the officer position of Secretary of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is the current Co-Chair of the Custody Committee of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Michael also serves as chair of Obermayer’s Pro Bono Committee.