While defined by Pennsylvania law, spousal support and Alimony Pendente Lite are calculated by the support guidelines and takes into consideration the parties’ respective incomes as set forth above.
The attorneys at Randi J. Vladimer, P.C., will review the details of your divorce and advocate for an alimony arrangement that meets your needs.
Types Of Spousal Support And Alimony
There are various ways that the court will allow financial support to a spouse during and after the divorce process. This may include:
Courts award spousal support during the divorce process. The court will weigh factors such as domestic abuse, adultery and other marital misconduct, as well as the financial situation of each spouse after the separation.
Alimony Pendente Lite
APL is provided instead of spousal support to keep the parties on equal footing during the divorce process. The court may award temporary financial support in the form of alimony pendente lite prior to the divorce decree. The purpose of alimony pendente lite is to help ensure each spouse has the financial means to move forward while the divorce is ongoing. APL is based upon the same guidelines as spousal support.
Alimony refers to order of payments one spouse is to make to another after finalization of the divorce. Alimony awards depend upon the financial need of one spouse following the divorce. When deciding how much alimony to award and how long payments will continue, courts will consider factors such as:
- The income and earning capacity of each party
- How income and earnings will impact homemaking responsibilities of each spouse
- The age and health (physical, mental and emotional) of each spouse
- The duration of the marriage
- Whether either of the spouses committed marital misconduct
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The financial needs of each spouse and any children or dependents, if applicable
Alimony is not a given, and courts have full discretion on whether or not they award alimony after the divorce is final
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Many factors determine the awarding of financial support. Schedule your consultation with a lawyer at our Radnor office by calling 610-975-9898 to discuss your specific case. You can also schedule your consultation online.