Dawn Padanyi is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Syracuse University College of Law where she was the Co-Director of the Grant Opportunity Program and a member of the Community Development Law Clinic While at Syracuse, Ms. Padanyi was chosen to receive two grants to perform legal work at the local and state level. Ms. Padanyi is a Pennsylvania and Massachusetts licensed attorney. She is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is also proud to be selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Bucks County Bar Association. Prior to founding the Law Office of Dawn Padanyi, she practiced law at a couple of large firms in Center City Philadelphia then relocated to practice at a Bucks County law office in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Ms. Padanyi regularly volunteers her legal services to help indigent clients throughout Bucks County.
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- Syracuse University
- J.D. (2005)
- Mount Holyoke College
- B.A. (2002)
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- Is Fido chattel? Perhaps not for much longer in Pennsylvania
12 October 2017
- Superior Court Grants Child Standing to Enforce Parent’s Marital Settlement Agreement in Pennsylvania
21 August 2017
- No Civil Legal Relief for the Broken-Hearted
26 July 2017
- Paying for Our Children’s College After Separation/Divorce
13 June 2017
- My Ex Won’t Let Me See My Child. Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support?
24 May 2017
- Will My Ex Get My Inheritance In The Divorce?
3 April 2017
- Equitable Distribution: Who Gets What in a Pennsylvania Divorce
5 March 2017
- I Recorded My Ex, Can I Use It In Court?
9 February 2017
- Why Your Lawyer Can’t Mediate Your Divorce
11 November 2016
- Q. If a Girlfriend and boyfriendhave a baby and then 15 months later they break up. Can he sign his parental rights away?
- A: If he is in fact the father, that is easy to determine with DNA testing, then he will have an obligation to support the child. If he fails to meet that obligation, he could be incarcerated. As for the questions about signing his parental rights away, it is unclear if you are referring to granting sole custody to mother or a termination of father's parental rights. Termination of parental rights is the only way to end a support obligation, but that is typically not granted by the Court unless there is another individual able and willing to adopt the child in his place. Signing over custodial rights does not end a support obligation because the child still needs to eat and both parents participated in the decision to create and have a child. Consult with a local family attorney for more detailed and tailored advice.
- Q. Never married couple. Is mother allowed to move over hours away and enroll child into diff. school w/o father permissio?
- A: I respectfully disagree with my colleague that permission is not needed. In accordance with Rule 1915.17. Relocation. Notice and Counter-Affidavit see below. Permission is needed from the other parent or the Court. (a) A party proposing to change the residence of a child which significantly impairs the ability of a non-relocating party to exercise custodial rights must notify every other person who has custodial rights to the child and provide a counter-affidavit by which a person may agree or object. The form of the notice and counter-affidavit are set forth in subdivisions (i) and (j) below. The notice shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressee only or pursuant to Pa.R.C.P No. 1930.4, no later than the sixtieth day before the date of the proposed change of residence or other time frame set forth in 23 Pa.C.S. § 5337(c)(2). (e) If the party proposing the relocation seeks an order of court, has served a notice of proposed relocation as required by 23 Pa.C.S. § 5337, has not received notice of objection to the move and seeks confirmation of relocation, the party proposing the relocation shall file: (1) a complaint for custody and petition to confirm relocation, when no custody case exists, or (2) a petition to confirm relocation when there is an existing custody case and (3) a proposed order including the information set forth at 23 Pa.C.S. § 5337(c)(3). (f) If the party proposing the relocation has received notice of objection to the proposed move after serving a notice of proposed relocation as required by 23 Pa.C.S. § 5337 et seq., the party proposing relocation shall file: (1) a complaint for custody or petition for modification, as applicable; (2) a copy of the notice of proposed relocation served on the non-relocating party; (3) a copy of the counter-affidavit indicating objection to relocation; and (4) a request for a hearing. Even without a custody order, both parents still have custodial rights and the default is equal custodial rights. It would behoove you to consult with a local attorney to ensure that you are in compliance with the Rules and Procedures for Relocation.
- Q. Is it considered custodial interference if the parent makes medical decisions without the other parent?
- A: It is not custodial interference, but it shows a lack of co-parenting and could be violation of a custody order if the parents have shared legal custody. The father should schedule a consultation with a local lawyer to attain all the facts to determine the best course of action to handle this matter.
- Q. Can I Leave the state of PA with my children without a custody order
- A: It is not clear whether you are asking whether you can leave for a short visit or leave as in relocate. Relocation has very specific steps that must be followed under the law. It would be best to contact a local attorney to advise you with all the facts present.
- Q. Does a mother have more rights to a child more then a aunt . as long as the mother is very well able to care for him
- A: This situation sounds like it could be complex. It is not cut and dry even if there is not a custody order in place. It would be wise for the child's mother to have a private consultation with a local attorney to hear all the facts then advise on the best course of action thereafter.
- Q. Can a non custodial parent take a child from school just because they're on the birth certificate?
- A: It truly depends on what the custody order states. You refer to custody mediation, but it is not clear if the parents have a custody order. It would behoove the mother to have a consultation with an attorney that can review the custody agreement or order to determine exactly what rights are delineated in the document and then advise therefrom.
- Q. question about a will
- A: Your question isn't clear as to jurisdiction. If the jurisdiction is Pennsylvania, then yes, when a person is still legally married at the time of death, then his/her spouse has the right to claim an elective share. Pennsylvania does not allow spouses to disinherit a spouse. Consult with a local attorney that handles probate of estates if you do not already have an attorney.
- Q. Me and my ex have children together his family lives in Florida we are going down to visit can they try to take my kids
- A: If you have this much distrust for the people you are visiting, then you may want to rethink your visit. It would also behoove you to attain a custody order spelling out the custodial rights of each parent so there is something in writing in which both parties can use to enforce, if necessary. Schedule a consultation with a local attorney to advise you with all the details at hand.
- Q. Where can I find a lawyer to represent me for free. I lost both my jobs because of my childs father.
- A: Legal Aid may be able to assist you. Here is a link that will direct you to the Legal Aid office near you. https://www.palawhelp.org/. Good luck