High Conflict Custody? Parent Coordination Could Be the Answer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court to bring back parent coordination in child custody In 2013, parent coordination was given the axe due to concerns that the parent coordination rules circumvented the due process rights of the parties in these custody proceedings. Also, there was concerns about the validity and enforceability of the decisions by the parent […]

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 […]

Paying for Our Children’s College After Separation/Divorce

By:  Dawn Padanyi, Esquire I often get questions from parents who are separating and/or divorcing when they have minor children at home almost ready for college.  Typically, the client will ask, “Does my ex have to help me pay for the kids’ college?” The short answer is no. Pennsylvania does not require that either parent […]

Equitable Distribution: Who Gets What in a Pennsylvania Divorce

By Megan Carpenter Divorce cannot just be emotionally taxing, it can also be financially taxing. There are many components to a divorce; in this article we will be focusing on one important facet: equitable distribution. First, Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state. This means that the court is given the power, during a divorce or […]

I Recorded My Ex, Can I Use It In Court?

By Megan Carpenter As cell phones have become omnipresent in our lives, many legal questions arise. We, as a society, are in constant use of our phones, from making phone calls, to shopping on the internet, to entertaining our children in the car. Cell phones are incredibly useful for a family to communicate and organize […]

Alimony Pendente Lite – How do I pronounce this, what is it and how do I get it?

This blog is a continuation of the  various forms of  support for one’s spouse or ex spouse under Pennsylvania law. In my last blog I explained what spousal support is in Pennsylvania. Today I will explain what alimony pendente Lite is under Pennsylvania law. Alimony pendente Lite (APL) (pronounced  “aləˌmōnē penˌdentē ˈlīdē”) is support payments for one’s […]

Additional Grounds for Divorce & New Counseling Restrictions

By Dawn Padanyi, Esq. It will soon be easier to get a divorce in Pennsylvania. Effective June 23, 2016, the Pennsylvania Divorce code will be amended to add an additional ground for divorce. Currently the grounds for divorce include the following:  Fault, Institutionalization, Mutual Consent, and Irretrievable Breakdown. The additional grounds for divorce involving personal […]

What Prince Taught Me About Estate Planning

By Dawn Padanyi, Esquire Further breaking news following the sudden death of rock icon, Prince, is that he didn’t have a will!  Now, the first thought that might come to mind is why would a VERY WEALTHY, successful business man not create a will?  That is a very good question, however polls have shown that […]

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