Spousal Support & Alimony
Legal Assistance for Alimony & Spousal Support Orders
Family law attorneys that practice Collaborative Law will work with the spouses to craft a financial solution for spousal support and alimony. The Collaborative Process is an alternative to litigation and is designed to keep you and your spouse out of court. Parties involved in a Pennsylvania divorce may be permitted two types of financial assistance during and after a divorce in the form of spousal support or alimony. Along with the advice and knowledge of your attorney, seeking or opposing an award of alimony or support can be resolved with little conflict. Collaborative lawyers can explain the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines and help you and your spouse come to an agreement.
Contact the Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania to learn how to connect with a knowledgeable PA divorce lawyer or neutral financial specialist in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties, Philadelphia, or one of the surrounding areas.
What is Spousal Support?
Spousal support is a form of financial assistance that may be paid by one spouse to the other spouse during the couple’s period of separation and before a court enters a divorce decree. Spousal support in PA is calculated based on a formula found in the statewide Pennsylvania Support Guidelines. There are some defenses that may prevent a spouse from receiving support. These defenses raise issues that are often emotionally charged and accompanied by a lot of adversarial, court proceedings. In the Collaborative Process, spouses, their Collaborative lawyers, financial specialists, and divorce coach(es) work together in a respectful, private setting to fashion a resolution that considers the financial needs of each spouse.
What is Alimony?
Alimony refers to periodic payments that a spouse may receive after the divorce is final. Alimony may be appropriate if a spouse will be unable to support themselves financially after the divorce or will need to pursue education or training to get a job and become financially independent. In Pennsylvania, alimony is a secondary remedy, meaning that it is more likely to be awarded where the division of marital property does not provide sufficient resources to enable the financially dependent spouse to pay for reasonable living expenses after the divorce. There is no formula for calculating the amount or duration of alimony payments in Pennsylvania. The result is that spouses are often “stuck” in an adversarial environment that is time-consuming and costly. There are many factors to consider in alimony discussions.
Don’t Divorce Alone
- Financial Specialists consider various components of a financial settlement such as division of marital property, alimony, and, if applicable, child support.
- Divorce coaches assist in limiting the adversarial environment.
- Child Specialists contribute to discussions involving child support and child custody.
Divorce Advice From a Financial Specialist
- Jeff Metz, MT, CFP explains how using life and disability insurance can protect alimony in the event one of the income streams is interrupted.
- David Anderson,, CPA, CFE, CVA, a collaborative business valuation expert, provides a wealth of information and tells you what you need to know about alimony payments and recent tax changes.