Child and Spousal Support Lawyers in Doylestown and Newtown
Client Review (Child Custody and Divorce) – “No one will fight harder for you… Kevin explained everything…, and then was able to get normal visitation, holidays, and vacations for me with my children. In my opinion, there is no other divorce attorney or office, that can begin to come close to the professionalism, honesty, and willingness to work as hard as possible for their client, as Kevin Zlock.” ~ K.W. See more client reviews.
You Deserve Compassionate, Responsive Legal Representation
One of the most difficult aspects of going through a divorce is the uncertainty about your future. Determining who is going to pay child and spousal support and how much will be paid is one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Our lawyers strive to provide compassionate representation and understand how stressful these issues are. We will do everything we can to help you through this difficult time and obtain a result that is best for you.
In Pennsylvania, the amount of child support is determined by statutory guidelines. Judges generally adhere to those guidelines, although they can deviate from them when presented with compelling reasons to do so. Every parent is obligated to support his or her children, regardless of the parent’s marital status. In a divorce or separation situation, usually it is the non-custodial parent who is ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent, who in turn is paying the child’s expenses.
As experienced family law, child support and spousal support attorneys in Doylestown and Newtown, we understand all of the issues that can affect the payment of child support. It is a well known and unfortunate fact that the amount of child support paid is often less than the actual amount necessary to meet the needs of growing children. Unfortunately, all too often, child support is not paid at all, because the non-custodial parent thinks that the custodial parent is living off the child support. There are many factors which must be considered in evaluating child support payments, such as who is paying for childcare, health insurance, and educational expenses. Another factor always considered is the number of overnights that the children have with the non-custodial parent.
Doylestown and Newtown Child Support Matters
For many years, we have been representing clients in child support matters, such as:
- Establishment of initial child support orders
- Modifications to existing child support
- Enforcement of existing child support orders
- Collection of back child support (arrears)
- Contempt of existing child support orders
- Self-employment and the determination of child support obligations
The amount of child support can change over time to accommodate significant changes in either parent’s circumstances (such as changes in income), in the child’s living arrangements, and/or the child’s medical or educational needs. In these situations, the divorce lawyers at Zlock, P.C.® can take action on your behalf to obtain a modification in your child support order that is best in light of the changes. Please note that if circumstances change, the court must modify the child support obligation, and one parent cannot decide unilaterally to modify the child support order. As a separate matter, there also are income tax considerations, such as who claims the dependency exemptions, which are associated with the child support payments.
Bucks County, PA Divorce Cases – Achieve Your Spousal Support, APL and Alimony Goals
Pennsylvania courts may require spousal support when parties are separated (physically, financially, or both), or alimony pendente lite, when a divorce complaint has been filed and when pursuit of spousal support cannot occur. Additionally, there is alimony, which obligation arises after entry of the divorce decree. Alimony pendente lite is based on “need.” Spousal support and alimony is based on such factors as need, ability to pay, length of marriage, previous lifestyle, age and health of both parties. Additionally, the parties may agree to a particular amount of spousal support and alimony for a particular length of time, or they may choose to seek a negotiated settlement which provides for a more disparate property settlement, in lieu of ongoing, monthly payments. These issues can become complex and depend on the financial circumstances of the parties. The tax consequences of the various forms of support must be considered as well. Our extensive experience in representing clients in such matters allows us to prepare various scenarios and combinations of same for our clients’ review, before they make decisions on how to proceed with these issues. Fully understanding the complexities of support, tax implications and final results of the divorce settlement are key to a successful case.