Dawn Padanyi

Dawn Padanyi

Law Office of Dawn Padanyi, LLC
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Family Law, Divorce...
  • Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed by Cecile Anderson February 5, 2020
Excellent Attorney
Dawn is by far the best attorney I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Her knowledge-base is seemingly endless and her ability to present material in front of a judge is noteworthy. Dawn is also incredibly kind and supportive. On numerous occasions Dawn offered emotional support that certainly went beyond the scope of attorney/client obligations. In addition, although my case was complex, Dawn handled the nuances with grace and expertise. She was fully prepared each time we appeared in court and she made a point to review all of the material with me prior to entering the courtroom. Although my case could have gone in many directions, under Dawn's expert care we were able to achieve positive results every single time. Finally, her office staff is equally kind, caring and competent. I looked forward to all of my office consultations with Dawn and always left feeling better about the situation. Dawn is that rare attorney who possesses brilliance, competence, kindness and empathy. I can't imagine retaining any other attorney and would highly recommend her to anyone seeking professional, legal guidance.
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Summary

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.

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Estate Planning
  • Landlord Tenant
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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Pennsylvania
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Member of Board of Directors
Bucks County Bar Association
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Managing Attorney
Law Office of Dawn Padanyi, LLC
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Attorney
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
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Education
Syracuse University
J.D. (2005)
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Mount Holyoke College
B.A. (2002)
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Awards
Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40
American Society of Legal Advocates
Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40
American Society of Legal Advocates
Professional Associations
Woman Lawyer's Division - Bucks County Bar Association
Chair
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Bucks County Bar Association
Director
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Calculating Basic Child Support in Pennsylvania
Avvo Legal Guides
Speaking Engagements
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
Certifications
Family Law Mediation
Good Shepherd
Legal Answers
70 Questions Answered

Q. At what does the child have the right to say what parent they want to live with. My daughter is 15.
A: Stability is an important factor for children. No lawyer, without knowing all the information about your case, will be able to answer if you will get primary physical custody in Court. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may look into Legal Aid as it is still best to have an attorney assisting you. Many counties also have a discount program as well. You should at least consider having a consultation with a local attorney to give you a preliminary assessment of your case. Lastly, there is not a specific age when children can decide child custody, however, generally the older the child is, the more weight the Court attaches to the child's opinion.
Q. with physical and legal custody of my son. Can I withhold him from mother on her day for visitation?
A: If you have a court order concerning custody of your child then those are the terms that must be abided by for both people. If either parent is not in compliance with the court order then it could bring about a contempt proceeding in which the court could sanction a party for his or her violation of the order. If the current order is no longer appropriate in your opinion then you should consult with a local attorney about possibly modifying the order through the court. I advise that you schedule a private consultation with a local attorney.
Q. Can my mother sue me for visitation rights to her granddaughter?
A: The answer to your question is maybe. The area of grandparents rights regarding child custody act is very fact specific, hinging on the type of contact that the grandparent is seeking and the status of her relationship to the child prior to the filing. It would be smart of you to schedule a consultation with a local attorney to review all the factors privately.
Q. My boyfriend wants to get divorced. They've been separated for at least 7 years. Can he get divorced w/o her agreeing?
A: Divorce can be attained without mutual consent under certain sections of the divorce code. Especially in the case of a husband wife that have been separated for the length of time you indicate. He should contact a local divorce attorney to consult with him and assist in getting his divorce finalized.
Q. My spouse is in the process of listing our vacation home for sale behind my back. How should I deal with it?
A: Contact a local family attorney to assist you with all the facts known. Issues concerning the title and mortgage may prevent him from successfully listing the property without you.
Q. Kids Live in SC, I live in PA, Kids want to live with me, What is the process & what are my odds?
A: I agree with my colleague regarding jurisdiction, if you do not already have a custody order. If you have a custody order in one state already, typically that State keeps the case until jurisdiction is transferred. You may need to return to the State that currently has jurisdiction of your custody matter. Schedule a consult with a local attorney that can hear ALL the facts and then advise you where you need to initiate this custodial change.
Q. I misplaced my order for custody. I would'nt want to be held in contempt. How do I get a copy of my order?
A: You can go to the Court which entered the order and request another copy . Some courts have these documents available online. You can contact the prothonotary or clerk's office for assistance in getting a new copy.
Q. My wife and I both have children from previous marriages she has three children I have two children
A: This is not a family law question as much as it is a estate planning question. How your estate is divided is a personal issue between you and your spouse. Schedule a consultation with a local estate planning attorney to discuss your options.
Q. Is child support mandatory in the state of Pennsylvania? I am in the middle of getting divorced and have 2 kids.
A: No, a child support order is not mandatory in Pennsylvania, however one may be required to file for support if one is applying for cash assistance. There are some exceptions to this as well. Consult with a local attorney for assistance in making the decision on whether to file for child support.
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196 W. Ashland Street, Suite 307
Doylestown, PA 18901
USA
Telephone: (267) 217-3296
Doylestown
37 S. Clinton Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
USA
Telephone: (267) 217-3296
Fax: (267) 224-4547