Understanding Domestic Relations Issues In Pennsylvania

After you file the paperwork of your divorce or paternity action, you will receive a notice to appear in a special department of the court called Domestic Relations. This is where your child support and spousal support payments will be negotiated, so it is important to have a lawyer with you.

At Rowe Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss child support and spousal support orders, modifications and other issues of family law. From our offices in Wyomissing and Lancaster, we represent clients in domestic relations courts in Berks, Lancaster, York, Schuylkill and Montgomery counties and the Lehigh Valley.

How Are Child Support Orders Determined?

Your notice will ask you to bring several financial documents to Domestic Relations. These will include your pay stubs and tax returns, as well as expenses such as day care, health care and extracurricular activities.

When you show up, you will attend a conference with an officer of the court. This person will not be a lawyer. The officer of the court will recommend a monthly support payment based on your child care expenses and your earnings or earning capacity. That number is negotiable. Our attorneys can help you negotiate the most favorable outcome based on our understanding of Pennsylvania law and case history.

If you are unable to reach an agreement with the Domestic Relations officer, you can request a hearing with a child support master, who will be an attorney, or, if necessary, an exceptions hearing.

How Are Spousal Support Orders Determined?

Alimony pendente lite, or APL, is temporary alimony while your divorce case is in process. The amount of alimony you are entitled to receive or are obligated to pay will be negotiated in Domestic Relations. If you are unable to reach an agreement on alimony, you can request a hearing with a support master.

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For more information about child support or spousal support, call 610-816-0935 or 866-232-1913, or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.