Is Fido chattel? Perhaps not for much longer in Pennsylvania

By Dawn Padanyi, Esquire What is chattel you ask?  The easy answer is that chattel is movable personal property not to be confused with real estate. So is your beloved family Schnauzer consider chattel under the law?  Well, yes, under the current state of the law, Fido the Schnauzer is considered chattel.  However, some Pennsylvania […]

Superior Court Grants Child Standing to Enforce Parent’s Marital Settlement Agreement in Pennsylvania

By Dawn Padanyi, Esquire In a recent Superior Court decision in Weber v. Weber, the three-judge panel ruled that a child can have standing to intervene in his parent’s divorce action to enforce a marital settlement agreement. The Superior Court ruled that a son is permitted to intervene in an attempt to enforce a provision […]

No Civil Legal Relief for the Broken-Hearted

By:  Dawn Padanyi, Esq. A Court of Common Pleas Judge in Philadelphia dismissed the claims of a plaintiff husband against the defendant pastor who had an affair with the Plaintiff’s ex-wife. The plaintiff Timothy Laidlaw found a civil suit against Christopher McCloskey and his former Church, Grace Point for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent and […]

My Ex Won’t Let Me See My Child. Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support?

Supporting children is a responsibility of both parents.  If there is a Court Order for child support then there is a minimum amount that a parent must pay.  Typically, in Pennsylvania, child support is paid through PACSES, which stands for Pennsylvania Automated Child Support Enforcement System with a wage attachment if the payor is a w-2 […]

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