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.
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Family Law
- Domestic Violence
- Criminal Law
- DUI & DWI
- Estate Planning
- Landlord Tenant
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- Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Syracuse University
- J.D. (2005)
- Mount Holyoke College
- B.A. (2002)
- Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40
- American Society of Legal Advocates
- Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40
- American Society of Legal Advocates
- Bucks County Bar Association
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- Calculating Basic Child Support in Pennsylvania
- Avvo Legal Guides
- Why Intestacy is Not Preferred, Jamison, PA
- Business Network International
- The benefits of having a will and the draw backs of the intestacy statute in pennsylvania
- Family Law Mediation
- Good Shepherd
- The Law Office of Dawn Padanyi
- 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
- Pending Reduction in Waiting Period for No-Fault Divorces in Pennsylvania
2 October 2016
- Alimony Pendente Lite – How do I pronounce this, what is it and how do I get it?
14 September 2016
- Q. Do I have to be the one to pick up my son for visitations
- A: The terms of your custody order should address this. Many times this responsibility is shared, but without reading your Order it is not possible to answer this question. If your order does not address transportation then perhaps that is a modification worth considering. Schedule a consultation with a local attorney to address whether your order speaks to transportation and if it would be worthwhile to proceed with a modification if it does not.
- Q. Can my sons father get custody under the circumstances listed below??
- A: It is possible that a new father can get some custody rights to his child. What these right will be is the question. It is not unheard of for a Court to Order that a Father can have shared legal custody and partial physical custody. With an infant, many other factors come into play such as whether both parents can meet the child's basic needs, can provide food, shelter, safety, clothing, and whether or not the child is being breast fed. It would be best for you to contact a local attorney to have a PRIVATE consultation with you then advise you on your circumstances.
- Q. How long can a married couple stay separated with a child involved & one of the parties has been dating
- A: Pennsylvania does not have legal separation. You are either married or single. A couple could live separate and apart for an indefinite amount of time and still be legally married. It sounds like there may be a basis for your question, so it would be wise of you to have a private consultation with a local family law attorney that can get all the relevant details then advise you thereafter.
- Q. How can a custodial parent of a 17 year old, be taken for child support when the father is deceased?
- A: Your question does not provide enough information to answer your question. The act of filing for support does not mean that the filing party will be successful. It certainly is not a common scenario that you describe, but there is a possibility for exceptions. It would be wise for you to schedule an appointment with a local family law attorney to advise you with all the information at hand.
- Q. My friend is 18 and is moving out without her parents permission. Can they call the cops?Harm her?
- A: Individuals over age 18 are adults and unless they are deemed a ward of the state or have a guardian appointed on his/her behalf, the individual is able to decide where he/she lives. Contact a local attorney to speak in greater detail the situation.
- Q. Can my daughter's mom send my daughter out of state without my concern?
- A: If you disagree with a decision that the child's mother is or has made regarding your child, first you need to express that to the Mother in an effort to engage in co-parenting. The next issue is whether or not there is a Court Order for your child. The details of your Court may answer your question. In either regard, when parents cannot agree, the Court can intervene to make a best interest determination for the child. Even if a custody order does grant the parent permission to take this action unilaterally, a Court could modify the Order, it is in the child's best interest to do so. Schedule an appointment with a local family attorney address your questions with all the information available.
- Q. in a large alimony settlement, can I make a stipulation that it will ONLY terminate if I remarry?
- A: When it comes to a stipulation, you can propose a number of things, however it is unlikely that the opposing party would agree to alimony payments without all the usual terms for termination (remarriage, cohabitation, death of either party). If you are the potential recipient for a large alimony settlement, it would behoove you to have legal representation to ask these questions to with all the facts of your case known.
- Q. if my child was born in delaware but now lives with me in pa does the custody laws change
- A: In the absence of a Court order, both parents have legal rights to the child. Also without a Court order, there is no obligation by either party to maintain any particular schedule or arrangement, however if there is a status quo that was established between the parents, it may not be in the child's best interest to change that status quo suddenly or without good reason. In Pennsylvania, jurisdiction for child custody matters depends on where the child has last resided for a period of 6 months. Where the child was born is not relevant to jurisdiction because people move frequently and sometimes great distances. Consult with a local family attorney for more detailed advice with all the information present.
- Q. Kids live w/ dad. Full physical custody filed, mom countered w/ 50. Which request rules until it's settled? Status quo?
- A: The last order of Court is what is followed. If there is no Order of Court then there is not obligation of either party to follow a particular schedule, however, if there is a status quo it would likely be best for the children that the status quo remain until the Court has an opportunity to run on the latest petitions. Contact a local family attorney to assist you with all the facts on hand.