Alimony and Spousal Support
Once all financial issues have been resolved and your divorce is finalized, you may be eligible for alimony or maybe seek defense against unnecessary payments. Regardless of which side you fall on, we are here to help.
Guarding your interests
After a divorce, the income that formerly supported only one household must now support two.. As a result, many people have trouble making ends meet and adjusting their lifestyles to make their new budget work. When a lower-income spouse cannot afford to pay their living expenses, Pennsylvania courts can order spousal support or alimony to help ease the burden. At Graff & Associates, LLC, we understand each case is different, and our attorneys are here to help you seek the support you need or defend against unnecessary payments.
Spousal Support or Alimony: Which one is right for you?
Spousal Support: “Alimony pendente lite” refers to periodic payments made while a divorce is pending. In certain situations, Pennsylvania courts order the payments to start after the initial paperwork has been filed and up until the divorce is finalized. Pennsylvania is the only state that uses mandatory guidelines and a specific formula to determine spousal support.
Alimony: Under Pennsylvania law, spousal support and alimony are two separate concepts. In Pennsylvania, the term alimony always refers to payments ordered by the courts after a divorce is finalized. Unlike spousal support, alimony isn’t determined according to a set of guidelines. Alimony may be awarded depending on your income, assets, and financial needs, as well as your spouse’s income, assets, and financial needs. Let us help you determine your needs and what you are entitled to.
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