Though this blog typically addresses current issues in Pennsylvania family law, I thought it was worth noting the passing of a long standing member of the Pennsylvania Senate, Senator Michael A. O’Pake.

Among his many accomplishments and legislative efforts, he authored or helped spear-head many laws pertaining to family law, including the adoption of no-fault divorces, the passage of the Children’s Protective Services law and Protection from Abuse Act, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which we discussed in a previous entry.


Senator O’Pake has had a lasting impact on the lives of Pennsylvanians and legal community.