Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Newtown and Doylestown, Bucks County, PA

Zlock & Coverdale, P.C.

Zlock & Coverdale, P.C.
123 North Broad Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

Phone(215) 340-5500
Fax (215) 504-1313

Website www.bucksdivorcelawyers.com
E-mail  Contact Kevin Zlock

Other Offices: Langhorne (PA)  

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Law Firm Overview

Zlock and Coverdale attorneys dedicate their practice to almost exclusively family law and divorce matters. Kevin Zlock and Brian Coverdale are also highly recognized as criminal law attorneys, and they successfully handle Protection from Abuse cases. The main focus of our practice is strategic planning of the divorce proceedings which involves complex analysis of the clients' financial situation, their custody and support goals and ultimate outcome of the divorce. While we, just like everybody else, fully appreciate how hurtful divorce can be, we try to keep our clients concentrating on their future, rather than being angry and upset about their past. Often times it is the finances of the divorce which worry clients the most. To help with these issues Attorney Katherine V. Coverdale who is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst reviews parties' financials in great detail to determine the best practical approach to the division of marital assets. This leads to the tax analysis of the divorce consequences as well. Attorney Coverdale is specifically trained in handling highly sophisticated financial situations of the parties involving multiple bank accounts, investments, pension plans and retirement accounts which involve preparation of the Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.

For most families with children the custody aspect of the divorce proceedings is the most volatile and emotionally charged problem they encounter. For the benefit of our clients' children we do attempt to settle custody matters in the best interest of the family. In most instances custody matters go hand in hand with the child and spousal support issues. It is known for the divorcing parties to leverage the support issue as a way of negotiating the custody arrangements. When it becomes obvious that any given custody matter requires litigation, there are no better custody and support attorneys to defend clients' position in Court than Zlock and Coverdale attorneys. Their collective court experience and knowledge of the local Courts in Bucks County, PA and surrounding counties help to achieve highly favorable results in custody and support matters.

Year this Office was Established: 1996

Languages: English, Spanish and Russian

Areas of Law


Areas of Law Description

Family and Divorce Law
Prenuptial Agreements
No-fault Divorce
Child and Spousal Support
Custody and Modification of Custody
Abandonment Issues
Grandparents’ Rights
Relocation
Property Settlement Agreements
Equitable Distribution of Property
Protection from Abuse
Division of Assets
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Pensions, 401(k) and IRAs
Annulments
Separate Property and Debt
High-end Divorce and Tax Implications
Modifications of Court Orders
Contempt Proceedings / Enforcement Actions



Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Member of Central and Lower Bucks County Chambers of Commerce

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 What Children's "Best Interests" Really Mean?

For adults engaged in difficult divorce and custody battles, it can be all too easy to forget the significant, long-lasting impact that these types of proceedings can have on those most sensitive to the fallout, children. Unfortunately, the setup of the court system promotes a competitive approach to determining custody in that one party is the so-called winner (the “primary” custodian) and one party is the so-called loser (the “partial” custodian) in most cases. Children do not see it that way.

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 Prenuptial Agreement

While preparing for your upcoming wedding, the last thing you want to think about is getting divorced. When you are about to get married, you think of your partner as your best friend, so you are much more likely to be amicable and fair than when you are about to get divorced, when you probably, albeit not always, think of your partner as your worst enemy. That being said, here are 5 things to consider when drafting a prenuptial agreement:

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 Home Security

In most divorces, the marital residence is one of the most substantial assets in the entire marital estate, if not the most substantial asset. What makes real estate unique from other assets, such as bank accounts, retirement accounts, and other investments, is that it is an asset usually tied to a liability, such as a mortgage or a home equity line. Consequently, when parties are going through a divorce, one of the challenges is determining what happens to the marital residence.

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 Hidden Dangers of Dividing Retirement

For many divorcing couples, retirement accounts can represent much of the value of a marital estate. Retirement accounts come in various forms and include Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), Roth IRAs, SEP IRAs, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, etc. Division of these various retirement accounts is a common concern for those separating or going through a divorce. Below are 3 important issues that arise with respect to retirement assets:

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 Gaining Support

Out of all the domestic issues that can arise, payment or receipt of child and/or spousal support is one of the most common. Both types of support are governed by the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines which establish a rubric for calculating the amount of the obligation. While the guidelines are fairly straightforward, determining the payor’s support obligation can be challenging, depending on the particular circumstances. Below are some of the issues that can arise:

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 Just and Equitable

Property settlement agreements are a great way for parties who are separating or divorcing to settle property issues amicably and to their mutual satisfaction. Without proper legal representation, however, these agreements can lock people into settlements that are detrimental. Following are five of the pitfalls people should avoid when working on such agreements:

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 How the Recession Changed Divorce

Divorce is rarely a welcome event financially, but in one of the worst recessions in recent history, it can be especially challenging. The state of the economy has an impact on various aspects of a divorcing couple’s finances, including their real estate, retirement accounts, and debts. The effect on their incomes can be substantial as well. This article examines the impact of the economy on some of the key financial issues in a divorce.

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