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
- 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
- Spousal Support? Can I get it? Do I have to pay it?
23 June 2016
- 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.
- Q. Can my ex do anything to take my children or keep us from leaving the state and returning home if there is no agreement?
- A: Under Pennsylvania law, if there is a no custody order in place, then each parent has the same custody rights to the children. So if Father gets possession of the kids, then he is not required under any law or order to allow you to take the kids anywhere. Just as there is no law or order allowing you to take the kids to TX. He could file a petition with the Court and a Judge may order that the kids be returned to PA, but that may or may not occur given the length of time that the kids have lived in TX.
- Q. I am renting a home that the homeowner is in prison for the rest of his life. He assigned a poa who wrote up lease.
- A: You need to contact a local landlord tenant attorney to review your lease and the power of attorney. If you are in violation of the lease or the lease terms allow for an eviction under your circumstances then it may be possible. The details within your lease are key.
- Q. Noise complaints against me.
- A: You don't have to disprove anything. It is up to the individual complaining to prove. Perhaps you can arrange a meeting with your landlord to assist you both in finding a compromised middle ground. I'm not sure what that would be, perhaps not wearing shoes inside. It may seem unnecessary in your own home, but if it helps to keep the peace then that is a small concession to make.
- Q. My ex is 22 and he's talking to a 16 year old and 17 year old if I went to the police station will he get in trouble
- A: If you believe that a crime may have been committed or is in the process of being committed, then that is a matter you should present to the police who will perform an investigation.
- Q. Me and my boyfriend just seperated, we have 2 children that live with us, my ex still currently lives here with me
- A: Can you clarify whether this is a Pennsylvania matter or Virginia? Your question was posted from Alexandria, VA. This is important because you need an attorney that is licensed in your jurisdiction to answer your question.
- Q. Can my wife legally keep me from seeing my daughter , she abandoned me & the house and took her and wont let me see her
- A: If there is not a custody order in place, then neither parent is under any obligation to allow contact between parent and child. Certainly withholding a child from a parent isn't necessarily the best course of action for the child and could be used against her at a later date if the matter is litigated. It would behoove you to make an appointment with a local family law attorney who can advise you after getting all the details of your situation presented.