Spousal Support, Temporary Alimony And Post-Divorce Alimony
When divorcing spouses have a big difference in their incomes, the lesser earning spouse may be entitled to financial support to make ends meet and maintain a similar standard of living. This might be a temporary arrangement while the divorce is pending or it may continue after the marriage is dissolved.
At Lavery Law, we work to ensure that spousal support and alimony are determined fairly if they apply in your divorce. We also address these matters in the big picture of marital property division and long-term financial security of our clients. Based in Harrisburg, our firm represents men and women in Dauphin County, Cumberland County, Perry County, Lebanon County and surrounding counties of central Pennsylvania.
Financial Support Prior To The Divorce Decree
Spousal support can be ordered after a married couple has separated.
Alimony pendente lite, or APL, is similar to spousal support but can be obtained only after a divorce complaint has been filed. Spousal support or pendente lite support usually ends when the divorce decree is entered. Spousal support and APL are intended to provide financial stability during the divorce process. Like child support, these orders are handled through the county domestic relations office. The amount is largely based on the income levels and earning capacities of the spouses. Our attorneys will walk you through the entire process and work to ensure that any award ordered in your case is fair and in compliance with statewide guidelines.
Alimony (Financial Support After Divorce)
Alimony is handled as part of the marital or property settlement agreement in the divorce proceeding. It is not obtainable in every case. Its purpose is primarily rehabilitative in nature although some cases may be appropriate for long-term alimony. The court considers many factors, including length of the marriage, accustomed standard of living, income disparity, age, health, education, earning capacity and career sacrifices.
The lesser earning spouse may petition the court to award alimony. The parties can also negotiate alimony outside of court.
Harrisburg Alimony Attorneys And Spousal Support Attorneys
Our lawyers will evaluate the circumstances of your case to determine if alimony is likely to be awarded, and if so provide a realistic projection of the amount and duration.