Guarding Your Interests In Alimony Or Spousal Support Cases
In a divorce, the income that formerly supported one household must be divided to support two. Many people feel the pinch. They have trouble making ends meet and must adjust their lifestyles to their new budgets.
When financial circumstances change in a Pennsylvania divorce, the court can order spousal support or alimony to help ease the burden on the lesser-earning spouse.
At Graff & Associates, LLC, we will address your unique concerns. We are well aware that each situation is different. Our lawyers can help you seek the support you need or defend against unnecessary payments. Depending on your situation, we may also be able to help you modify or enforce support payments.
With locations in Jenkintown and Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania in matters related to alimony. Feel free to request a free consultation with one of our lawyers today: 215-649-7395.
Spousal Support Or Alimony: Which One Is Right For You?
Many people think they are the same thing, but they’re not. Spousal support and alimony are two similar but separate concepts under Pennsylvania law:
- Spousal support — Sometimes referred to as “alimony pendente lite,” spousal support refers to periodic payments made while a divorce is pending. In certain situations, Pennsylvania courts order the spousal support payments to start after the initial paperwork has been filed and to end when the divorce is finalized. Pennsylvania is the only state that uses mandatory guidelines and a specific formula to determine spousal support.
- Alimony — The term alimony always refers to payments ordered after a divorce. Unlike spousal support, alimony isn’t determined according to a set of guidelines. Instead, courts consider a set of criteria, including the dependent spouse’s reasonable needs, income and earning capacity.
We Will Go The Distance For You
While mediation is a common way of resolving many disputes over alimony and other divorce-related matters, it doesn’t work for everyone. If you require forceful litigation to protect your financial interests, count on the lawyers of Graff & Associates, LLC. We are willing to take your case all the way to trial if necessary.