Alimony and Spousal Support in Bucks County and Montgomery County

Spousal Support or alimony is a regular payment one spouse makes to the other spouse to provide financial support during and/or after a divorce. This payment may be court ordered or agreed upon by the spouses. There are three types of support orders in Pennsylvania: spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony.

Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite

Spousal support is support paid after the parties separate, but before a divorce is final; it may be ordered before a divorce action is even filed. Pendente lite means “while the action is pending.” Alimony pendente lite is a temporary order for support made after the divorce action is filed but before there is a final divorce decree. Orders for spousal support and alimony pendente lite can’t be in place at the same time.

Pennsylvania divorce court uses a set of guidelines in order to calculate the amount of the order. The guidelines look at the net income and earning potential of both spouses and the financial needs of the spouse asking for support.

Under certain circumstances the court may make an order that differs from the guideline calculation. The length of the marriage is a consideration when determining how long the order will last.

Alimony

Unlike spousal support or alimony pendente lite, alimony is an order for support made at the time or after the final divorce decree is entered.

Determining alimony and spousal support is a complicated matter. To discuss alimony and spousal support contact me for a free consultation.