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How Does Alimony Work in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania Divorce Attorney

Understanding alimony can be a complicated process, especially amidst the emotional turmoil of a divorce. Our experienced attorneys at Applebaum & Associates are here to explain the concept of alimony in Pennsylvania, providing you with the crucial information needed to navigate this often complex aspect of divorce law.

What is Alimony?

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a financial provision one spouse may be ordered to pay to the other during or after a divorce. The purpose is to limit any unfair economic effects caused by a divorce, enabling a lower-wage or non-wage earning spouse to continue living a lifestyle similar to that experienced during the marriage. IN Pennsylvania, alimony procedures are determined by chapter 37 of Title 23

Types of Alimony in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there are a few types of support that might be ordered:

  1. Spousal Support: This can be awarded to the lower-income spouse after separation but before a divorce is filed.
  2. Alimony Pendente Lite: This is a temporary form of support awarded to the lower-income spouse after a divorce has been filed but before it has been finalized.
  3. Alimony: This form of support is awarded after the divorce has been finalized.

Determining Alimony in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Divorce Code does not prescribe a specific formula for determining the amount and duration of alimony. Instead, the courts consider a wide array of factors, such as:

  • The earning capacities, ages, and physical, mental, and emotional states of the parties
  • The length of the marriage
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The relative needs of both parties
  • The contribution of one party to the education, training, or increased earning power of the other party

Modification and Termination of Alimony

In Pennsylvania, alimony orders can be modified or terminated if circumstances significantly change for either party. For instance, if the party receiving alimony remarries or cohabitates with a partner, or if either party has a substantial change in their financial situation. However, any changes to the alimony order require court approval.

Applebaum & Associates: Your Trusted Partners in Alimony Cases

Navigating the intricacies of alimony laws requires expert legal guidance. At Applebaum & Associates, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized legal support to those dealing with alimony issues in Pennsylvania. We understand the complexities of divorce law and are committed to advocating for your financial stability and peace of mind during this challenging time.

Schedule Your Consultation With Our Pennsylvania Divorce Attorney Today!

While the process of alimony determination may seem daunting, it’s crucial to remember that you don’t have to face it alone. With the right legal guidance, you can navigate your divorce proceedings with confidence, knowing that your rights and interests are being protected. Trust Applebaum & Associates to stand by your side, providing the expert advice and representation you need during this significant life transition. Contact our Pennsylvania divorce attorney to schedule your free consultation today! 

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