Facing A Spousal Support Or Alimony Dispute During Your Divorce?
Alimony pendente lite and spousal support orders ensure that a dependent spouse’s needs are met following separation, during the pendency of a divorce action. Although a couple may no longer be living together, each spouse remains connected to other’s well-being. The calculation of alimony pendente lite and spousal support in Pennsylvania is not mysterious, as they are calculated using a formula crafted by the legislature.
What Is Alimony?
Alimony is support paid to one spouse after a divorce by either agreement or an order of court. While alimony has historically been awarded to women, the strong presence and success of women in the workforce, and the number of men taking over household responsibilities and child rearing responsibilities have changed that. At Purdy Law Office, LLC, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, we represent men and women who are entitled to alimony.
How Is Alimony Calculated?
The Pennsylvania statute regarding alimony sets forth 17 factors that the court considers when fashioning an alimony award. These factors include, but are not limited to:
- The earnings and sources of income of both spouses
- The length of the marriage
- Estimated future earnings
- Each spouse’s contribution to homemaking
For example, when a spouse sacrifices a career to raise children, this can result in a long absence from the workforce that compromises his or her ability to earn income following a divorce or separation. In that circumstance, the spouse with the higher earning potential may be required to pay spousal support or alimony.
Our experienced divorce attorneys understand these factors. When representing you, we will seek information on all of your spouse’s income sources, reported and unreported, and help you evaluate your financial needs post-separation and divorce. This requires careful consideration of a number of issues, including:
- Your anticipated expenses
- Your ability to secure gainful employment
- Your ability to continue the lifestyle established during your marriage
Additionally, if it is your spouse’s intent to willfully reduce or eliminate his or her income in an attempt to avoid an alimony obligation, we will advocate on your behalf for an alimony award consistent with his or her earnings during your marriage.
Contact Purdy Law Office, LLC, Today
From our office location in the Harrisburg area, we provide skilled legal services to divorce and family law clients throughout Central Pennsylvania. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, contact our firm by sending us an email or by calling 717-221-8303.