Financial Considerations in Divorce

Interesting article – Courtesy of the American Bar Association – Family Advocate   Snapshot.Financial.Considerations.Divorce.ABA

What is a Power of Attorney? Do I need one?

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. A Power of Attorney (POA) is a document that appoints an individual or organization to handle your business and life affairs if and when you are unable to do so on your own behalf. However, the common misconception is that a POA is just for the sick or elderly.  EVERYONE needs […]

Step Father Found Liable to Pay Support for Step Children

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. On December 29th 2015 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a step parent liable for child support. This is a huge departure from the prior law in which a step parent is not liable for child support following the dissolution of a marriage.  Even when a step parent plays a significant parenting […]

Grandparents Child Custody Rights in Pennsylvania

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. Pennsylvania Courts recognize that the bond and relationship between a grandparent and his/her grandchild can be a significant piece to attaining the best interest of the child. Knowing that the Pennsylvania lawmaker ahave carved out specific rules and guideline for when grandparents can petition the Court for custody of their grandchildren. […]

Allocation of Expenses in Support Proceedings

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. When a support action is filed with the Court, whether it is for child support, spousal support or alimony pendent lite (APL), the Court also has the ability to allocation additional expenses between the parties. Pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure, 1910.16-6, the Courts can allocate child care expenses, health […]

Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania Does it Exist? Yes, under very limited circumstances. Since January 2, 2005, common law marriages were abolished.  That translates to Pennsylvania not recognizing common law marriages entered into after January 2, 2005.  With that being said, common law marriages entered into before January 2, 2005, are […]

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