Secure The Alimony Payments You Need
After your divorce is finalized, the court may order alimony payments as part of your divorce terms. Pennsylvania law allows for alimony to be granted to a spouse who is unable to live the same standard of living, or who cannot meet their “reasonable needs,” given the distribution of assets in the divorce.
At Sweeney Law Offices, we work with you from the moment you separate from your spouse. Whether you need spousal support leading up to filing a divorce, need alimony pendente lite over the duration of your divorce litigation or need us to fight for the fair alimony payments you need, our alimony lawyers can help.
How Is Alimony Determined In Pennsylvania?
Family law judges consider a number of factors when rewarding alimony in Pennsylvania:
- The income, earnings, assets, liabilities and earning potentials of each spouse
- The sources of that income (including medical, retirement, insurance and other benefits)
- The physical, mental and emotional health of each spouse
- The duration of the marriage
- If one spouse contributed to the increased earning potential of the other (such as through education or training)
- The custody agreement, when there are children involved
- The standard of living of each spouse during the marriage
- The ability for each spouse to find appropriate employment after the divorce
- Any “marital misconduct” by either spouse during the marriage and before the separation
These are just some of the factors that need to be considered. Our lawyers work with you to look at your entire situation as a whole, developing a strategy to secure the full alimony you need following your divorce.
Duration Of Alimony And Support
Pennsylvania courts determine how long you are entitled to receive alimony payments. Sometimes, these payments may simply be temporary, or rehabilitative, to give the spouse time to earn their own income. In some instances, alimony may be awarded permanently. These alimony payments, however, are terminated once the receptive spouse remarries, enters another marriage-like situation or dies.
Learn About Your Rights — Call 724-742-2590 To Get Started
Divorce and alimony can be complicated subjects to navigate alone. The stakes may be high, so experience matters now more than ever. Reach out to our attorneys in Cranberry Township to discuss your unique case and defend your rights to alimony.