- 4.6/5.0 (3 reviews)
- Cara Boyanowski, Partner
Cara represents clients in all aspects of family law, including simple and complex divorces, support, custody, alimony, step-parent adoptions, name change matters, wills and estate planning and guardianship matters. In addition to her family law practice, Cara is also a wills and estates practitioner. She represents clients in the preparation and drafting of their last wills and testaments, powers of attorney, and living wills.
Family law is a great fit for Cara, who is naturally sympathetic and a good listener. Not only is she consistently available to assist her clients with questions or concerns, but she can also offer a comforting presence and a hand to hold. She enjoys getting her clients through rough times and helping them start afresh.
In her free time, Cara loves to travel, read, listen to music, and attend classic car shows to see the muscle cars.
Cara has successfully handled numerous family law matters for her clients, including maintaining custody for a mother in a relocation trial against expert witness testimony to the contrary and guiding a same-sex couple through a complicated step-parent adoption proceeding. Her family law practice has led her to adjudicate matters before the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts. Her objective in every case is to achieve the very best outcome for her client’s, both emotionally and financially, so they can move forward, independently and strong, into the next chapter of their lives.
With regards to estates, Cara prepares the documents necessary to begin the probate process, as well as assists Executors throughout the probate and administrative process, from valuing and selling assets, satisfying debts, and preparing estate tax returns. Additionally, she assists clients with name changes and guardianship actions through various county Orphan’s Court divisions.
Activities & Honors
Cara is the current chairwoman for the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center and currently serves as a director on the Central Dauphin School District Board of Directors. She previously served on the Executive Board of the “Go Red for Women” American Heart Association Luncheon in 2014. She served as an active CASA volunteer for the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas from 2009-2011 and annually participates in the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk on City Island.
Cara has lectured on family law subjects for the Dauphin County Bar Association, National Business Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Coalition for Domestic Violence program, as well as, participated in and presented many divorce and custody law clinics for pro-bono parties. She wrote several domestic law editorials for Woman magazine, a quarterly publication in Dauphin and Cumberland counties, as well as, Central Pennsylvania Parent Magazine.
News & Insights
11.06.2017 Cara A. Boyanowski
The Trials of Co-Parenting with a Histrionic Personality
10.16.2017 Cara A. Boyanowski
Marital Property Versus Non-Marital Property
07.05.2017 Cara A. Boyanowski
Registration of Out of State Custody Orders
05.15.2017 Cara A. Boyanowski
What are my Custodial Rights and Financial Responsibilities Toward my Eighteen Year Old Child?
02.27.2017 Cara A. Boyanowski
02.06.2017 Cara A. Boyanowski
Recent Changes in Pet Custody
Professional & Community Activities
•American Dauphin County Bar Association (Family Law Section Council Chairwoman 2002-2007; 2011-present;Chairwoman, 2004-2006)
• Go Red for Women American Heart Association Luncheon (Committee Member)
•Heinz-Menaker Senior Center (Chairwoman, 2010 - present)
•Editorial Staff Writer for Woman's Magazine (2013 - present)
•Dauphin County Board of Arbitration Appointment (2015)
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
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