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Pennsylvania family lawyer Lindsay Hanifan Childs is a partner at the firm of Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Childs graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2011, and from the University of Richmond in 2008. While in law school, Ms. Childs interned as a law clerk for the Honorable Katherine B.L. Platt of the Family Court Division of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. She also served as a certified legal intern at Villanova’s Civil Justice Clinic, where her practice included family law matters. Ms. Childs gained extensive writing experience serving as a Managing Editor of Student Works on Villanova’s Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.
In 2011, Ms. Childs was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania. In addition to previously serving as the Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, Ms. Childs currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Montgomery Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She is now in her last year of a three-year term on the Council for the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and is the current President of the Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She has been appointed as a guardian ad litem for children in numerous custody and abuse cases in both Montgomery and Chester Counties, and is now a certified parenting coordinator.
Ms. Childs was the Pennsylvania Reporter for the American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly, Law in the 50 States Annual Report, for 2012 through 2015. She has been published three times in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Lawyer Magazine. And she recently authored a book, published by the American Bar Association in August 2020, titled “Divorce in the Golden Years: Estate Planning, Spousal Support, and Retirement Issues for Clients at Midlife and Beyond,” Second Edition. Ms. Childs is a frequent speaker on various family law topics, including for the Second Saturday Divorce Workshop in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Childs understands that each client going through a divorce or separation has unique needs and makes the effort to provide personalized attention and tailored information that enables her clients to feel empowered during the process. She recognizes the many benefits of reaching amicable resolutions outside of court, particularly for families, and understands the nuances of negotiation and settlement strategy. But she has many years of litigation experience in family court and can identify when trying a case in court will likely result in a better, more efficient outcome for her client.
Ms. Childs has chosen to limit her practice to family law, including the areas of divorce, custody, equitable distribution, child support, alimony, spousal support, enforcement/modification of property settlement agreements, and prenuptial agreements.
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2011
University of Richmond, B.S. Psychology, 2008
Villanova University School of Law Civil Justice Clinic, Certified Legal Intern
Hon. Katherine B.L. Platt, Chester County Court of Common Pleas, Family Law Division, Law Clerk Intern
Mission Kids, Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, Blue Bell, PA, Case Coordinator
Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of State, Harrisburg, PA, Legal Extern
Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC is a law firm in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania that practices in the areas of family law and civil appeals.
The firm’s family law practice extends throughout eastern Pennsylvania. This area includes the Philadelphia Main Line (Merion, Narberth, Gladwyne, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Villanova, St. David’s, Radnor, Wayne, Strafford, Devon, Berwyn, and Paoli) and the communities of Newtown Square, Malvern, Valley Forge, and Phoenixville. The counties covered include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, and Northampton—whose county seats are, respectively, in Reading, Doylestown, West Chester, Media, Lancaster, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Norristown, and Easton.
The firm’s civil appeals practice is throughout Pennsylvania.
See list of honors, awards and published works.
Main Line Today Top Lawyer – 2019 – 2022
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star – 2017 – 2022
Published Works by Lindsay H. Childs
Book: Divorce in the Golden Years: Estate Planning, Spousal Support, and Retirement Issues for Clients at Midlife and Beyond, Second Edition, American Bar Association 2020
Case Note: Comparing Vacula and McGoldrick – How Contributions to the Purchase of Real Estate Should be Handled in the Absence of Marriage, PBA Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 42, Issue No. 2, Summer 2020.
The Impact of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act on Custody and Support Cases, PBA Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 38, Issue No. 2, June 2016.
Judicial Interview of the Child in Family Law Matters; Pennsylvania Bar Association, June 2014 (aided with survey of judges and data tabulation).
Family Law in the Fifty States 2013-2014: Case Digests, Pennsylvania. American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Pennsylvania Reporter, winter 2015.
Family Law in the Fifty States 2012-2013: Case Digests, Pennsylvania. American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Pennsylvania Reporter, winter 2014.
Family Law in the Fifty States 2011-2012: Case Digests, Pennsylvania. American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Pennsylvania Reporter, winter 2013.
Family Law in the 50 States 2010-2011: Case Digests, Pennsylvania. American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Pennsylvania Reporter, winter 2012.
Case Notes: In re: Adoption of Z.S.H.G. – Lack of Standing to Bring Termination of Parental Rights is a Waivable Defense Despite Statutory Standing Requirements, PBA Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 34, Issue No. 2, June 2012.
See list of professional associations and memberships.
Certified and appointed by the court as a Parenting Coordinator – 2019 to present
Montgomery Bar Association, Director, 2017 – 2020
Montgomery Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Service Committee – Officer
Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2011 – present
Montgomery Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2011 – present
Montgomery Bar Association, Sidebar Committee, 2011 – 2015, 2018
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court (matrimonial law), 2011 – present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2011-present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, County Representative to House of Delegates – 2017-2018
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2011 – present
American Bar Association, 2011-2012
See list of classes/seminars taught.
Real Divorce Talk with 610-WWDB-Talk Radio’s Dr. Sue Cornbluth, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania – April 11, 2019 – Discussion of Second Saturday Divorce Workshop
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section Winter Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – January 2019 – Equitable Distribution Case Law Updates
Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section, Toby L. Dickman Seminar, Norristown, Pennsylvania – December 2017 – The Intersection Between Mental Health and Family Law
Montgomery Bar Association, Family Law Section, Norristown, Pennsylvania – January 2017 – Case Law Year in Review
Second Saturday Divorce Workshop, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania – June 2016, & October 2016. November 2017, June 2018, and June 2020 – What Every Woman Needs to Know About Divorce
Course Planner and Moderator for Toby L. Dickman Seminar, Norristown, Pennsylvania – October 2015 – Emergency Planning for your Practice and Updates from Outside of Family Law that Affect Family Law Practices
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – October 2015 – Appellate Procedure
Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, Pennsylvania – December 2014 – Divorce 101
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – November 2014 – Guardianship and Adoption: The Do’s and the Don’ts
Doris Jonas Freed American Inn of Court, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – January 2014 – Assisted Reproductive Technology – Where do we Start?
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section Winter Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – January 2014 – Support Case Law Updates
Our experienced family lawyers take the time to fully understand the financial and emotional complexities that can be involved in separating two lives. We offer the patience and resources to effectively guide clients through a divorce, addressing all the challenges they may face in moving forward with their lives. To learn more about how we can help protect your rights and interests in a complex divorce, contact the Pennsylvania divorce attorneys at Vetrano | Vetrano & Feinman LLC.