Understanding Alimony And Spousal Support In Pennsylvania

Alimony and spousal support are major considerations for individuals facing divorce. In Pennsylvania, there are three types of support payments that may be awarded before, during or after divorce:

  • Spousal support is a temporary award that may be granted after separation, but before commencement of formal divorce proceedings.
  • Alimony pendente lite is also temporary, but it is awarded while divorce proceedings are pending.
  • Alimony is awarded in the final settlement or divorce decree. It may be for a limited duration or permanent.

Both spousal support and alimony pendente lite are calculated based on statutory guidelines. An award of alimony, however, takes into account multiple case-specific factors such as:

  • Income
  • Earning capacity
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Employment prospects
  • Education
  • Age and health
  • Contribution to the marriage

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At the Pittsburgh law firm of Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C., we are familiar with the nuances of alimony and spousal support, including rehabilitative, permanent and compensatory alimony. Our lawyers are also attuned to the tax ramifications of alimony awards. We provide knowledgeable guidance on all the financial and property issues that go along with high-asset divorce.

As seasoned practitioners with a wealth of family law experience, our attorneys understand how to handle these sensitive issues with care and discretion. We have successfully handled multiple high-profile cases across western Pennsylvania at both the trial and appellate levels. Our dedication to protecting clients' interests — and their privacy — has earned us a ranking among the nation's Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report.

To discuss your concerns about spousal support or alimony, please contact our legal team at 412-944-2739.