The Importance of Checks & Balances

I recently had the pleasure of volunteering to teach a small segment on the Constitution to 5th graders at Brookwood Elementary School in Levittown, PA organized by the Learning With Lawyers Program.  The book we studied was If  You Were There When They Signed the Constitution, by Elizabeth Levy. One of the topics was the […]

The Crossroads of Child Custody Proceedings and Medical Marijuana

By Dawn Padanyi, Esquire On April 17, 2016, the medical marijuana program (SB 3) was signed into law in Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Wolf. The medical marijuana became available to patients at approved dispensaries on February 15, 2018. Under the law individuals with 17 serious medical conditions can legally be prescribed medical marijuana by a […]

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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