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Pittsburgh Child Support and Alimony Lawyer

When You Want a South Hills Law Firm That Cares

Child Support PittsburghChild custody issues can create a lot of push and pull in lives of divorced couples, as well as unmarried parents who are no longer living together. Without a workable child custody and visitation agreement, disputes can boil over and lead to traumatic situations for the children and even greater hostility between the parents.

At Colaizzi Law firm, our goal is to help you reach a child custody and visitation agreement that meets the best interests of your children. Attorney Robert Colaizzi has been practicing law in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years and has long experience in helping parents settle their child custody and child support matters. Achieving a Negotiated Child Custody Agreement.

Attorney Colaizzi and our office staff believe it is better for families to make decisions about how they will live rather than a judge who is a stranger to the family. Judges tend to split the difference between diverging views. However, splitting the difference between the views of the mother and father may not be the best way to create a stable environment for your child.

In negotiating a child custody and visitation agreement, it's important to consider:

  • Who has been the primary caregiver for the child?
  • Which parent is more likely to be cooperative with the other parent in providing visitation?
  • Which parent has a stable home environment for a child?

Pennsylvania Child Support Guidelines

Once a child custody and visitation agreement is reached, child support in Pennsylvania is calculated using a formula that uses the net income of both parents and the number of children you support. Both parents must contribute to medical care and day care expenses.

Alimony APL

Without time to make the transition from married to single life, a divorce can plunge a family into complicated financial demands. For this reason, Pennsylvania courts can order alimony or spousal support payments during the divorce process. At Colaizzi Law Firm, P.C. attorney Robert Colaizzi and our staff will represent your best interests in navigating this complicated process.

Two Types of Alimony in Pennsylvania

There are two types of spousal support in Pennsylvania"

Temporary alimony payments while your divorce is in process, which is called alimony pendente lite or APL.

Alimony paid after divorce, which is sometimes called maintenance or rehabilitative alimony and is often times limited.

In order for a Pennsylvania court to order alimony, one of the parties must have a financial need and the other must have the ability to pay. Alimony is taxable to the person receiving it and is tax-deductible to the person paying for it. Alimony payments can stop if the person receiving it remarries or lives with another person as if they were married.

Free Lawyer Consultation

To schedule an initial attorney consultation about child custody and support issues, call 412-922-9909 or fill out the contact form on this website.