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Languages spoken: American Sign Language, English

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  1. Family: 60%
    13 years
  2. Contracts: 15%
    13 years
  3. Employment: 10%
    13 years
  4. General Practice: 9%
    13 years
  5. Other: 6%
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Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C.

2047 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Legal Research, Inc.

2047 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103



NJAdministrative - Not authorized to practice200206/23/2010
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Philadelphia Superlawyer: Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine2015
Philadelphia Superlawyer: Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine2014
Pennsylvania Superlawyer: Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine2012
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine2011
Expert AuthorEzinearticles.com2010
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Rising StarPhiladelphia Magazine2010
Lena L. Hale Award WinnerTemple University, James E. Beasley School of Law2002
Distinguished performance in Trial AdvocacyTemple University, James E. Beasley School of Law2001
Distinguished performance in Labor LawTemple University, James E. Beasley School of Law2001
Law Faculty ScholarTemple University, James E. Beasley School of Law1999
James E. Beasley ScholarTemple University, James E. Beasley School of Law1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateLaw Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C.2002 - Present
Research AttorneyLegal Research, Inc.2002 - Present
Law ClerkNeil A. Morris Associates2001 - 2001
Law ClerkMeranze and Katz2000 - 2000
Research InternLegislative Office for Research Liason, PA Assembly in Harrisburg1998 - 1998
InternOffice of Stewart Greenleaf1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Christian Legal Clinics of PhiladelphiaVolunteer Attorney2007 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyPresident2000 - 2002
Publication nameTitleDate
Upon Further ReviewCourt Considers New Spouse’s Income to Determine Child Support Obligation2016
The Legal IntelligencerWhen Marriages and Relationships Go Bankrupt2016
Upon Further ReviewUnemployment Compensation Ruling Cannot be the Basis for Collateral Estoppel2016
Pennsylvania Family LawyerSuperior Court Allows Child Support Deviation for Inheritance2016
The Legal Intelligencer BlogFederal Courts Interpret Federal Law Even in State Court2016
The Legal Intelligencer BlogFallout for Injuries Sustained by Contractor's Employee2016
Upon Further ReviewDoggone It! Court Cannot Condone Canine Custody2016
The Legal Intelligencer BlogLacking of Specificity About Specificity2016
Legal IntelligencerSuperior Court Allows Child Support Deviation for Inheritance2016
The Legal Intelligencer BlogDebt Acknowledgment: Going Beyond Limitations2015
Upon Further ReviewBurden is Heavy When Considering the Weight of the Evidence2015
Upon Further ReviewLimiting Legal Malpractice Claims: Applying the Glenbrook Analysis2015
The Legal Intelligencer BlogSole Legal Custody Means Solo Decision-Making2015
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Christian Bible or Nothing, Philadelphia Family Court Says2015
Upon Further ReviewCourt "Comments" on Social Media Discovery2015
The Legal IntelligencerPa. Justices Clarify Evidentiary Standard for Child Abuse Registry2015
Upon Further ReviewThe (Unemployment Compensation) Benefits of Not Minding One's Own Business2015
The Legal IntelligencerSuperior Court Relaxes Rules for Requests for Admissions2015
The Legal Intelligencer BlogCoordinating Unemployment Compensation With Severance Packages2015
The Legal IntelligencerPost-Trial Relief Post-Remand2015
The Legal Intelligencer BlogDisability Benefits in a Divorce2015
Upon Further ReviewCourt’s Stern Order Ships Philadelphia’s Fire Boat Case Back to Port2015
The Legal IntelligencerChristian Bible or Nothing, Philadelphia Family Court Says2014
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)A Primary Custodian Support Obligor2014
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Superior Court Rules Custody is Permanently Modifiable (reprint)2014
Upon Further ReviewCourt Does Not "Like" Discoverability of Facebook Accounts2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogAcknowledging a Debt to Toll the Statute of Limitations2014
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Court Teaches School a Lesson on Residences and Buses (reprint)2014
Upon Further ReviewProof of Mailing Not Very Taxing2014
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Superior Court Makes Child Abuse Evidentiary Standard Clearer2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogDying to Get Divorced2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogA Primary Custodian Support Obligor2014
Upon Further ReviewGifts, Loans, and Child Support2014
The Legal IntelligencerU.S. Justices Allow Public Prayer at Town Board Meetings2014
The Legal IntelligencerJustices Carve Out Religious Exemption From the ACA2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogStatute of Limitations When a Defendant Dies2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogAccepting Voluntary Layoff Is Now Involuntary Termination2014
The Legal IntelligencerSuperior Court Makes Child Abuse Evidentiary Standard Clearer2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogMaking a Safe Bet When Playing Poker in Pa.2014
Upon Further ReviewCourt Teaches School a Lesson On Residences and Buses2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogUnemployment Compensation Isn't Very Charitable2014
Upon Further ReviewSCOTUS Weighs in on Police Shooting2014
Upon Further ReviewCertifying Malpractice: All Claims Must Have Merit2014
The Legal IntelligencerSuperior Court Rules Custody Is Permanently Modifiable2014
Pennsyvania Family LawyerDying to Get Divorced2014
The Legal IntelligencerPriest Finds No Redemption2014
The Legal Intelligencer BlogA Reminder to File Post-Trial Motions2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogThe Effect of Retiring on Workers' Compensation2013
Upon Further ReviewMoney for Injuries During Marriage Are Divisible After Marriage2013
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Application of Relocation2013
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Substantial Evidence Must Convince Court in Child Abuse Case2013
Upon Further ReviewDefendant Not at Fault in Default Judgment2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogAggrieved Parties and Their Right to Appeal2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogCan a Parent Bargain Away Child Support?2013
Upon Further ReviewStrict Compliance with the Municipal Liens Act is Required to Collect2013
The Legal IntelligencerPermanent Legal Custody Does Not Necessarily Mean 'Permanent'2013
Upon Further ReviewProving Willful Misconduct in UC Cases: Specificity Required!2013
The Legal IntelligencerUSPS Listens to Deaf Employees’ Claims2013
Upon Further ReviewCaretaking Does Not Equate to Custody2013
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Frozen Embryos Thawed Despite Ex-Husband's Opposition2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogDoes a Child-Support Obligation Terminate at Death?2013
The Legal IntelligencerU.S. Supreme Court Analyzes Definition of ‘Supervisor’2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogSuperior Court Offers Refresher Course on Appeals Procedures2013
Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)I Now Pronounce You "Never Married"2013
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Permanent Legal Custody Does not Necessarily Mean “Permanent”2013
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Emancipation's Impact on Child Support (reprint)2013
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Caretaking Does Not Equate to Custody (reprint)2013
The Legal IntelligencerPeril of Losing Benefits While Vacationing Unemployed2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogEmancipation's Impact on Child Support2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogCan Landlords Discriminate Against Criminal Tenants?2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogI Now Pronounce You Never Married2013
Upon Further ReviewAlcohol Putting Unemployment Compensation to the Test2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogIs Working on the Sidelines Out of Bounds for UC?2013
The Legal IntelligencerA Look at Recent Unemployment Compensation Cases2013
The Legal IntelligencerPost-Divorce Parenthood: Frozen Embryos Thawed Despite Ex-Husband’s Opposition2013
The Legal Intelligencer BlogVolunteer Opportunities Around the Philadelphia Region2012
The Legal IntelligencerComing of Age: Further Development of the ADEA2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogThe House Loses?2012
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Adopting the New Amendments for Post-Adoption Contact (reprint)2012
Upon Further ReviewCourt Takes Interest in Contract Case2012
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)New Statute Modifies Pennsylvania Child Custody Orders2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogGet ‘Em Out By Friday: Landlord-Tenant Disputes2012
The Legal IntelligencerLand Use Matter Taxing for Church2012
Upon Further ReviewAbsolute Paternity Presumption Estopped2012
The Legal IntelligencerCheltenham Township Not at Variance With the Law Regarding Church2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogChurch Bulletin Discount: Discrimination or Good Business?2012
The Legal IntelligencerNew Statute Modifies Pennsylvania Child Custody Orders2012
Upon Further ReviewThe Benefits from Sleeping on the Job2012
The Legal IntelligencerIs It A-OK Withdrawing From a 401(k) for UC?2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogMore Work for Unemployment Compensation Lawyers in the Near Future?2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogHidden Pictures: Constitutional Issues With the Red-Light Program2012
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Absolute Paternity Presumption Estopped2012
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)The Pros and Cons of the Cut Rate Divorce2012
The Legal IntelligencerAdopting the New Amendments Regarding Post-Adoption Contact2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogReal Estate Disputes Between Church and Parish2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogHearing from the Deaf2012
Upon Further ReviewPhysician Hire Thyself2012
Upon Further ReviewApplication of Relocation2012
The Legal IntelligencerSubstantial Evidence Must Convince Court in Child Abuse Cases2012
Upon Further ReviewSupreme Court Spotlight: Hosanna in the Highest...Court2012
The Legal IntelligencerJustice is Blind, But is it Also Deaf?2012
Upon Further Review“Proceeding” to Relocate Under the New Custody Law2012
The Legal Intelligencer BlogThe Pros and Cons of a Cut-Rate Divorce2012
Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)“Proceeding” to Relocate Under the New Custody Law2012
The Fiscal TimesUnemployed and Retired? You, Too, Can Double Dip (I am cited in this article)2011
The Fiscal TimesUnemployment Cheats Raked in $16.5 Billion Last Year (I am cited in this article)2011
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)'Til Death Does Your Stuff Part (reprint)2011
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Divorce, Dead Men, and ERISA (reprint)2011
Upon Further ReviewTill Death Does Your Stuff Part2011
Upon Further ReviewHell's Kitchen: Getting to the Meat of the Case2011
The Legal IntelligencerTrouble on the Horizin- Severance Agreements and Recent Modifications to the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Lae2011
Upon Further ReviewMens Rea Applies Despite Practice of Religious Norms2011
Upon Further ReviewDivorce, Dead Men, and ERISA2011
Upon Further ReviewEpiscopalian Evicted and Vestry Vacated2011
Upon Further ReviewGross Decision (?)2011
Upon Further ReviewDouble Dipping: Unemployment Compensation and Other Benefits2010
Upon Further ReviewExceptions to Ecclesiastical Employment Exemptions2010
Upon Further ReviewThere’s No Business Like Snow Business2010
Upon Further ReviewThe Discoverability of Psychiatric Records2010
Upon Further ReviewRipeness Spoils Church’s Efforts2010
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Alternative Pleading in a Divorce Action? Not So Fast! (reprint)2010
Upon Further ReviewDo Non-Parents Have Custodial Rights Over A Child?2010
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)Do Non-Parents Have Custodial Rights Over a Child? (reprint)2010
Upon Further ReviewNational Church v. Regional Diocese: Property Ownership by a Religious Institution2009
Upon Further ReivewEpiscopalian In-fighting Spreads to Montgomery County Courthouse2009
Upon Further ReviewI Now [Cannot] Pronounce You Man and Wife2009
Upon Further ReviewLines Drawn Against First Amendment Rights in Public Schools2009
Upon Further ReviewThe Hidden Inequity in Unemployment Compensation Law2009
Upon Further ReviewAlternative Pleading in a Divorce Action? Not so Fast! (4/09)2009
Upon Further ReviewPicture Imperfect: The Implications of Using Cameras to Monitor Drivers and Enforce Traffic Laws2009
Upon Further ReviewAlternative Pleading in a Divorce Action? No so Fast! (reprint 11/09)2009
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)I Now [Cannot] Pronounce You Man and Wife (reprint)2009
The Legal IntelligencerEmployed? Or Not Employed? That is the Question.2006
Legal IntelligencerSuperior Court Relaxes Rules for Requests for AdmissionsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Pennsylvania State UniversityPublic PolicyBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Family LawSupport, Contempt, and Ethics2016
MeetingRed Light Cameras2014
Christian Legal SocietyFaith and Law Practice2012
Christian Legal Clinics of PhiladelphiaChristian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia2012
Mothers Of PreschoolersEstate Planning2011
Panelist for Adoption SundayAdoption2010
Guest speaker for Professor Mu'min Islam's Introduction to Law class at Temple UniversityIntroduction to Law2009
Guest speaker for Professor Harper J. Dimmerman's Real Estate Law class at Temple UniversityReal Estate Law2009
Panelist at Penn State Abington Law DayLaw School2002
Guest Speaker at a Pierce College paralegal classIntroduction to Law2002
National Day of Prayer: 2001, 2002, 2006, and 2007Prayers for the American Legal SystemN/A
Bucks County Technical High School High School Social Studies (annual event each sping since 2000)Civics: the judicial branchN/A