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What you need to know about alimony in Pennsylvania

If you are involved in a contentious or bitter divorce, the last thing you probably want to do is give money to your ex after you are no longer married. However, this is unavoidable for people ordered to pay alimony in Pennsylvania.

Unless you have a prenuptial agreement in place or resolve this issue through mediation, the courts in this state will make determinations on alimony. They will order alimony, or spousal support, when they deem it necessary. In order to assess whether it is actually necessary, the court will consider several relevant factors, including:

  • How long you were married
  • What your standard of living was during the marriage
  • How much you make and how much your ex makes
  • Additional assets and liabilities for each person
  • Separate assets of each person
  • The marital contributions of each spouse (monetary or as a homemaker)
  • Education and training of the person seeking support
  • The needs of both parties
  • Any marital misconduct by either person
  • Whether there is an actual need for support
  • Whether a person can actually provide support

These factors help the courts determine whether a spouse is financially disadvantaged and what it would take to for that person to be able to support himself or herself after a divorce. It also helps them assess whether the financial obligation should be temporary or indefinite.

Alimony may just be one part of your divorce, but it can tie you to your ex long after you both go your separate ways. Because of this, it is critical that you take this matter seriously. Whether you are seeking spousal support or are in a position to pay it, you would be wise to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help you fight for and secure a fair resolution.

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