Last updated: November 16, 2015

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Doylestown Newtown Alimony, Spousal Support, Divorce, Child Custody Lawyers, Zlock CoverdaleAn experienced divorce and family law attorney is an indispensable asset in any divorce involving a request for alimony or spousal support in Doylestown, Newtown and other regions of Bucks County, PA. We understand the issues, put these issues into a realistic context of the divorce proceedings and offer advice based on our substantial experience in this area.

Alimony in Bucks County (Doylestown & Newtown)

When a divorce is finalized and all issues involving equitable distribution are also finalized, one spouse may be ordered to pay alimony, a monthly payment, to the other spouse after a divorce.

Spousal Support & Alimony Pendente Lite (APL) in Bucks County, PA

Spousal Support

Prior to a divorce being finalized, a dependent spouse is also entitled to interim support. When couples decide to divorce, they often separate prior to filing for a divorce. Spousal support is a payment made from one spouse to the other during a separation. When a husband and wife get a divorce in Pennsylvania, the judge presiding in the case has a right to order either party to pay spousal support to the other party.

Alimony Pendente Lite (APL)

Once a petition for divorce is filed, one spouse may be ordered to pay Alimony Pendente Lite, often referred to as APL. This is a form of alimony that can be awarded during the divorce proceeding. APL is a temporary order of support and lasts until the divorce is final (including any appeals).

How is Alimony Determined?

A court may order a man or woman to provide financial support to their spouse during or after a divorce. The determination and calculation of alimony is a complex matter. There are a number of factors that go into determining whether alimony will be granted. Among these factors are:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of the parties
  • The earning capacities of each spouse

Alimony is Not Guaranteed in a PA Divorce

Alimony is by no means guaranteed to either party in a divorce and is subject to the discretion of the court. Judges and courts are guided by state statutes and existing case law, but they have tremendous discretion to award or deny alimony. Kevin M. Zlock, a Doylestown and Newtown alimony, spousal support and family law/divorce lawyer, has more than twenty years of experience of representing clients with alimony and support issues in the local courts. He has comprehensive knowledge of local rules and procedures and is pleased to offer his invaluable experience to clients.

For More Information About Divorce and Family Law in Doylestown & Newtown

To learn more about our legal services relating to alimony, custody, child support and other divorce and family law matters in Doylestown and Newtown, PA, please visit the Practice Areas Section of our website. If you would like immediate assistance, please call us at (215)968-1800 or contact us online. We offer evening and weekend appointments for your convenience as well as telephone consultations, if you live far away from our office. We also communicate with our clients via e-mail and respond immediately to all of your questions and needs.

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