We work to achieve child custody arrangements that are practical, fair, and in the best interests of the children.
As highly experienced family law and divorce lawyers, we understand these differences and the criteria that different courts use to make their decisions. We are persuasive advocates who will use the law and our knowledge to achieve optimal child custody arrangements. Often, we can negotiate a solution with the attorney for the other parent. However, we are prepared to assertively litigate, when it is necessary to protect the rights and interests of our clients. Whether it involves a temporary or permanent child custody arrangement, a modification in a custody order, a proposed parental relocation, or any other child custody matter, Zlock & Coverdale, P.C. will work to achieve your goals as a parent while protecting your interests and interests of your children.
As an experienced family law attorneys we understand all of the issues that can affect the payment of child support. We invite you to use the Support Calculator to make your own assessment on what your payments might be when it comes to child support. It
For many years we have been representing clients in child support matters, such as:
Establishment of the required child support level
Modifications in child support
Enforcement of child support orders
Collection of back child support
Contempt of child and spousal support order
Self-employment and child support
At Zlock & Coverdale, P.C., our divorce lawyers and family law attorneys help clients through each step of the divorce process, while protecting their rights and interests. Our goal in every case is to help the client emerge from the process in the strong
The divorce lawyers and family law attorneys at Zlock & Coverdale, P.C. also have extensive experience in complex divorces involving significant child custody and property division matters. Our divorce lawyers and family law attorneys use their experience and knowledge to craft a legal strategy designed to achieve your personal and financial goals and minimize emotional impact on you and your family. In most cases we can negotiate a practical and acceptable settlement, but when it is necessary, we will litigate to achieve the best possible outcome. We have particular experience in divorces involving significant marital assets, real estate, civil and military pensions and 401(K), business valuations, and other complex property division issues.
Bucks County Family Law & Divorce Lawyers
At the offices of Zlock & Coverdale, P.C., we provide quality legal representation and excellent service, combined with unparalleled knowledge and experience in family law matters such as in divorce, child and spousal support, custody and equitable distribution, pre-nuptial agreements and grandparentsâ rights. Our divorce attorneys represent the largest boutique family law practice in Bucks County, PA. They are experienced litigators ably handling cases where our clients are best served in bringing their matters to court. Whether or not your case will end up in court, we will assist you in making a sound decision on the best way to handle your life changing family law matters. We will be with you until your case is completed.
Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?
Yes, they are, and we do have clients who come to see us for just a support or custody issue.
What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?
We have three attorneys, and they work on most of the cases together but on the different aspects of the case. We always tell clients if there is a particular aspect of their case where they have an opportunity to save on legal fees by putting documentation together themselves, attending support/custody conferences without counsel if possible, etc. We also delegate work to the paralegals whenever possible, as that saves the client the higher attorney's fees.
How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?
The type of law our firm practices generally does not result in the use of mediation, arbitration or collaborative law. However, some of our clients use our counsel in preparing for mediation of their divorces cases, and in most counties in which we practice, a form of mediation is the first step in custody and support disputes.
Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?
Yes, we do. We offer free legal services to veterans and first responders. We are very active in our community. Kevin Zlock recently established The Kevin Zlock Veterans Family Endowment of $100,000 to assist veterans and their families in their pursuit of educational opportunities at the Bucks County Community College.
What distinguishes your law firm from others?
Our attorneys are very thorough and very prepared when they speak to clients and when they go to Court. We do care very much for our clients and that is why many of them have become our friends.
What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
We believe that clients can benefit to a certain extent by educating themselves on legal issues. A client's knowledge of legal issues can facilitate more in-depth and productive discussions with his/her counsel, and some clients feel better knowing that they have done research on their own, if only for purposes of learning as much as possible regarding their particular case. However, clients must be careful when selecting the resources for their education, as online resources in particular may not be accurate or may not give explanations that are detailed or comprehensive enough to accurately portray the state of the law on any given subject. Additionally, one cannot be careful enough when it comes to handling complex family law issues in Court, and certain matters should be handled only by professional attorneys.
Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?
Of course we are willing to review documents prepared by clients and offer our insight and propose suggestions for revisions. However, the review process may bring out sufficient issues that redrafting the documents is necessary and preferable to editing the documents to an extensive degree. For instance, the clients may be using outdated forms, or the forms they selected do not apply to their particular situation. We certainly do not want to upset clients, because they spent a lot of time preparing the forms, but the reality is that all cases are different and an analysis of any particular situation must come first, before the forms can be prepared.
Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
Our attorneys have coached clients who want to deal with the opposing party or opposing counsel directly. In most cases, the attorneys eventually assumed representation of those clients, simply because self-representation became too complex, burdensome and/or ineffective.
Our firm was founded in 1996 by Kevin Zlock. Kevin has been practicing law for over 21 years in Bucks County, PA. The practice is dedicated almost exclusively to family and divorce law, but we do manage some criminal cases. Kevin very much enjoys what he does, and he truly believes that he has the best job in the world. Our clients find themselves at a very difficult place in their lives, and we have made it our goal to help them find solutions to the various issues they encounter when going through the divorce process. To accommodate our clients, we have extended business hours, and we offer weekend and evening appointments. Over the course of the years, many of our clients became our friends, because we were able to manage difficult situations together. We consider that one of the biggest accomplishments for us as a professional law firm.We have three attorneys, and they work on most of the cases together but on the different aspects of the case. We always tell clients if there is a particular aspect of their case where they have an opportunity to save on legal fees by putting documentation together themselves, attending support/custody conferences without counsel if possible, etc. We also delegate work to the paralegals whenever possible, as that saves the client the higher attorney's fees.
Bar Number: 60316
Pennsylvania , 1990
Dickinson School of Law
Ms. Coverdale joined the firm in 2009. Ms. Coverdale's practice focuses on Family Law.
Ms. Coverdale received a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Coverdale was a Member of the Moot Court Board and served as the Immigration Law Competition Problem Author. She was also an Amsterdam Teaching Assistant and served as a Research Assistant to Vice Dean Barry Friedman. She received an undergraduate degree in English with distinction from Stanford University. Ms. Coverdale's practice focuses on strategy and litigation support for high net worth individuals going through divorce and property division. She provides clients with extensive data showing the financial effect of any given divorce settlement and helps them to determine how much risk they are willing to take with their investments. As a financial expert Ms. Coverdale assesses the short-term and long-term effects of dividing property, and advises clients of the firm about specific tax laws that apply to divorcing couples. She analyzes pension and retirement plans and calculates the present value of pensions for purposes of equitable distribution of property.
Most importantly, Ms. Coverdale assists her clients in identifying their future financial goals post divorce which includes determination of earning capabilities, establishing assumptions for projecting inflation and rates of return, collecting financial and expense data and determination if the client can afford the marital home, and if not, what he/she can afford. In cases of divorcing clients with children she helps her clients to determine what expenses they should anticipate while dividing the property in terms of their children educational expenses and its impact on their retirement objectives and the lifestyle they anticipate after divorce.
Ms. Coverdale is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She is currently pursuing her Executive LL.M degree in Taxation at NYU.
Born and raised in Doylestown, Brian A. Coverdale has deep ties to Bucks County and surrounding areas and is prepared represent his client's interests to the maximum extent possible. Brian takes a customized approach to handling all of his cases and formulates the legal strategy to fit each client's individual needs. With his vast industry experience Brian is well equipped to take on any personal injury case and specializes in trucking accidents. Brian spent five years as an executive of a national trucking company Penske Logistics and another five years of his career with General Motors before starting his career in law. With this experience, he knows more information about the inside strategies to defend against accident plaintiffs than any other attorney. With his family law clients Brian takes on a pragmatic approach to help his clients reach the best result possible without paying unnecessary legal fees. Through this approach Brian ensures that each client maximizes their equitable share of the marital estate and is awarded their well-deserved custodial rights as parents.
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