Alimony or spousal support is a financial award that may be paid to one spouse during the marriage or after the divorce to help maintain financial equity between the two parties and meet both parties’ needs.
At Pride Law, we represent and counsel clients in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, Upper Saint Clair, and throughout southwestern Pennsylvania who wonder whether they should expect to pay or receive spousal support or alimony.
Temporary Spousal Support Or Alimony Pendente Lite
Courts in Pennsylvania typically award temporary spousal support or alimony pendente lite (APL) prior to entry of a divorce. Although the terms are often used interchangeably and the amount is calculated in the same way, there are differences between these two forms of support. We help clients understand the differences and similarities between spousal support and APL. We also help them determine whether they might be eligible to receive support or be required to pay it, and how much it is likely to be. Finally, we help them negotiate an appropriate payment, conserving their resources to meet their own needs rather than spending them on an expensive court process.
Alimony is often awarded to enable a dependent spouse to rehabilitate his or her earning capacity in order to become self-supporting after a divorce, or to help achieve economic justice between divorcing spouses when only one of them can feasibly earn a meaningful living. Alimony is also sometimes used to achieve economic justice where marital assets that cannot be divided are awarded to the other spouse, or where a disparate earning capacity that was achieved during the marriage is the only meaningful resource available to help effectuate economic justice in a divorce.
Unlike spousal support or APL, alimony after divorce is not calculated by formula, but by balancing the needs of the dependent spouse with the ability of the other spouse to pay in order to achieve economic justice under the divorce law.
We help clients assess whether alimony is an option for them, and we help clients determine the best balance of alimony and asset distribution to help them get on with their lives.
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