Penelope A. Boyd

Penelope A. Boyd

Penelope A. Boyd, Attorney
  • Family Law, Education Law, Domestic Violence...
  • D.N.J., E.D.Pa., M.D.Pa., Pennsylvania
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Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Education Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Divorce
  • Social Security Disability
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Civil Rights
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Child Custody
  • Special Needs Custody
  • Special Education
  • Guardianship
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    Flat fee - in certain cases
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
D.N.J.
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E.D.Pa.
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M.D.Pa.
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Pennsylvania
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3rd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Professional Experience
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Penelope A. Boyd, attorney
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Domestic Violence Center of Chester County
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Disabilities Law Project
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Department of the Public Advocate
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Education
Villanova University School of Law
J.D.
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Pennsylvania State University - University Park
B.A. | Pre-law
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Professional Associations
Chester County Bar Association
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Certifications
Certified Family Law Mediator
Montgomery County Mediation Center
Certified Elder Law Mediator
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Legal Answers
22 Questions Answered

Q. I’m supposed to have vacation custody but she wants me to have them only 12 days and I wish to have them aproxima.23
A: Vacation time is like every other provision of a custody order. It can be modified by the court if it is in the best interests of the child. In determining a vacation period, courts will look at factors such as the age of the children, whether they are in school, and the nature of the proposed vacation. You should contact a local attorney for assistance with this, to make sure your rights are protected.
Q. How do I get mediation with my ex-spouse to change the school at which the children attend?
A: This is a custody question. Your custody order will very likely indicate shared legal custody, so both parents must agree, or a court must order, educational decisions. If you and mother discuss this and cannot reach an agreement, you have the option of going to court and filing a petition to modify the custody order.
Q. I married for 9 month his really abusive. I go to the court house and give me a protection letter. What's rights have
A: I’m guessing from your question that you might not be a citizen yet. Immigrants have the same rights to protection from abuse orders as anyone else, but you should talk to an attorney who knows about domestic violence, immigration and family law. In Lancaster, there is a program called the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. You want to understand your rights in support and in divorce. If they cannot help, they should be able to refer you an attorney who can. Good luck!
Q. Am I allowed to video or photograph my child if I am not the primary custodial parent?
A: People take pictures of family members all the time. When they are your kids and you are just taking their picture for a memory of an event or otherwise, unless you have a custody order to the contrary, there should be no issue. If you are posting pictures of your kids on social media, it should be appropriate and not embarrass them or the other parent. It sounds like part of your problem is the contentious custody exchanges. Children don't need to be in the middle any more than they have to, so if the exchanges are full of anger and threats, you want to reduce that. I often suggest to parents that they make the exchanges in a public area, which may or may not have video cameras, to reduce the level of conflict at an exchange. If you are concerned for your physical safety, make the exchange at a police station. If the other parent's significant other is a problem, that person does not usually have to go to a custody exchange, or get out of the car if they have to be there. What you are trying to do is avoid arguments and threats. A custody court will look more at how you attempt to reduce the nastiness than wade into an argument over who can take pictures of whom. If you make the effort to make exchanges more pleasant for your kids, a judge is more likely to see you as a parent who is more interested in her children's welfare than in fighting with the other parent. That can only be helpful for you and your kids.
Q. My ex girlfriend and I do not have court ordered visitation and I haven't spoken or seen my son in over 2 months
A: This sounds like a situation where there is a legal answer and a practical answer. By the time you filed any kind of petition and got before a court, it is likely that your 17 year old will become an 18 year old and not subject to custody. And even if you went to court, a court will listen to the preferences of a child of 17 and take them seriously. Sleeping and hanging out with friends is a large part of a teenager's life. On the other hand, he should be spending time with his father because that is also important. Have you considered other ways of maintaining the connection with him in a way that he will see you without resenting you?
Q. If I'm afraid my husband might hurt me, should I put it in writing to my family members/friends?
A: If you are afraid your husband may hurt you, you should contact your local domestic violence program immediately. Find out your options and make a plan for your own safety. You may be eligible for a Protection from Abuse order or be able to take other action to protect yourself.
Q. Im 17 and I want to move in with my mom without my fathers consent. Can I do this without him making me return home?
A: You will learn in life that "running away" from your problems is almost never the best solution. If there is a court order regarding custody, you are asking your mother to violate that order if you make and act on this decision on your own. That does not mean that you might not be able to live with your mom. As a young adult who is not quite emancipated, you should talk to both your parents about your living situation. A parent can consult with an attorney in your area about making a change in the order. If it gets to a court, the court will take your wishes into account.
Q. my daughter had child support many years ago but they close the case cause the dad diisapear
A: If your daughter is still a minor, she may be eligible for Social Security Survivor's benefits. Contact your local Social Security office to find out.
Q. I was recently the victim of domestic violence last month at the hands of my boyfriend and gave a statement to police
A: You are in a difficult spot. As long as you are doing what you can to move forward with your life, do not panic. Get support from agencies such as crime victims and get an attorney who understands domestic violence to represent you in custody. Custody courts are concerned that the kids are safe. You have already done the hard work of giving a statement. Just commit to the follow through and good luck.
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