Valerie is a family law and divorce lawyer. She provides guidance and counsel to... more
Valerie is a family law and divorce lawyer. She provides guidance and counsel to clients in matters concerning divorce, support, child custody, equitable distribution, domestic violence, and adoption. Valerie represents clients in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties and in New Jersey. Notably, Valerie provides counsel to the members of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #5.... view profile
I practice in the five-county Philadelphia region and have been practicing Family... more
I practice in the five-county Philadelphia region and have been practicing Family Law for over thirty years. I am married and have five children, all of whom live within 2 hours of Philadelphia. I am an avid golfer and sports fan. I am very active in the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section and have been an Officer and on the Executive Committee for many years. In 2015, I will have ... view profile
My area of emphasis, with a multi-county focus in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey,... more
My area of emphasis, with a multi-county focus in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is family law, including divorce, custody, support, prenuptial agreements, partnership and dissolution agreements, and protection from abuse/domestic violence. WhileI have extensive trial experience and have always felt at home in the courtroom,I embrace alternate dispute resolution in the family law arena and I... view profile
If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Unlike alimony, which is paid to maintain an ex-spouse's lifestyle, child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support, either by agreement or in court. While national guidelines to calculate child support amounts exist, you or the judge may choose to calculate the amount based on your income and the child's needs. If you believe you are not the father of a child and want to contest a child support claim, a child support lawyer can also help you determine paternity. A child support lawyer can be useful during negotiations to help objectively determine the most appropriate amount of child support for your situation and protect against paternity fraud.
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