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What you should know about alimony in Pennsylvania

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2023 | Divorce |

One of the critical considerations during a divorce process is alimony, especially if one spouse is considered dependent. This financial support can be crucial in helping a lower-earning spouse maintain a semblance of their marital lifestyle.

In Pennsylvania, a dependent spouse’s entitlement to alimony for a specific duration is subject to various factors. This can create confusion and challenges for both parties involved. The courts will carefully consider several criteria in determining eligibility and alimony amount in the event of a contested divorce.

Dependent spouses are automatically entitled to alimony for a certain amount of time

Pennsylvania law recognizes that dependent spouses often sacrifice their careers or educations to support the family. Therefore, the courts usually grant alimony for a certain period to assist in the transition to independence. Typically, alimony orders are eligible for review four years after they’re issued, but the paying party must request the review.

The factors that influence alimony in Pennsylvania

When determining alimony, Pennsylvania courts consider various elements, such as the parties’ relative earnings and earning capacities, age and health, sources of income, inheritances and more. They also examine the standard of living established during the marriage and the education and training required for the dependent spouse to become self-sufficient. This comprehensive assessment ensures that the alimony awarded is fair and appropriate for the individual situation.

Other possible financial orders

In Pennsylvania, alimony orders begin once the divorce is final. Before the divorce, dependent spouses may receive spousal support, which is valid from the date of separation through the divorce filing. Alimony pendente lite covers from the filing through the finalization of the divorce.

Because alimony is such a complex issue, it’s best to seek guidance from a legal professional who understands Pennsylvania law specifically. This can help you to protect your rights and interests throughout the divorce process.

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