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Spousal Support & Alimony

Depending on various factors, one party may be entitled to spousal support during the time before divorce is granted. Spousal support may be obtained to help with living expenses if you earn less than your spouse and are not living with each other or another person in the relation of husband and wife.

The law surrounding spousal support & alimony in Pennsylvania are applied much the same regardless of where the party resides. The calculation for the amount is almost never related to actual needs or expenses but instead is based on the Pennsylvania support guidelines that are primarily determined by the net incomes of the parties.

It can be difficult to navigate what support might be approved, so work through the issues and calculate the right amount for you. Attorney Brownstein, will apply his many years of experience to give you good advice and help you get the best outcome not only for support or alimony.

Alimony for Divorce Cases

If you have separated but have not yet divorced, you may be entitled to “temporary alimony”. Temporary alimony is much like spousal support and allows you to prepare and adjust to a dissolving marriage, especially in an immediate situation where you may need financial assistance.

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While spousal support may sometimes be denied where for instance you are not yet living apart from each other, temporary alimony is known as alimony pendente lite (a.p.l.) can be a valuable lifesaver when you have financial needs and no other way to keep yourself going until issues can be worked out.

Alimony, unlike spousal support, is financial monthly payments after a divorce has been granted. To the surprise of many of our clients, Pennsylvania does permit an award of alimony when there is a good argument that it should be granted usually because there is a need especially if would permit an economically disadvantaged spouse to get back on his or her feet and yes, it may be awarded to either the husband or the wife! If that need is persuasively argued.

Since such an award, based on the difference in incomes can go on for several years after a Decree in Divorce is granted, it is a valuable helpful benefit that can be difficult to obtain unless properly negotiated or well-presented to a court. Like many such benefits, the assistance of a skilled and experienced attorney such as what is available at The Law Offices of Paul Brownstein cannot be too emphasized.

We have obtained permanent (lifetime) alimony for life where a party was too ill to work and had significant financial needs. In another different example argued successfully against an award even in a long-term marriage and a large difference in incomes where it was proved that the claiming spouse had started to live with a new intimate partner. Get in touch with us for a free consultation.