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Supporting Your Alimony And Spousal Support Needs

When a marriage ends, there are many issues the former partners must tackle. Typically, one of the most contentious matters is alimony (spousal support).

The purpose of alimony and spousal support is to make sure both people avoid problems and financial issues through the transition. This can create arguments and disputes. Call our spousal support and alimony attorneys at Vollen Anderson Long, LLC for assistance and guidance through the process and help managing the disputes.

Alimony And Spousal Support

The court will decide if alimony is needed. There are three categories:

  • Spousal support: Temporary financial support that one spouse receives from the other after the separation but before the divorce is filed. The court can consider several things, including abuse and adultery, when deciding if it is appropriate.
  • Alimony pendente lite: Temporary support while the divorce is pending. It allows the spouse to maintain their lifestyle during the process. It will end when the divorce is finalized. The court will not automatically allow it, and it is not a punishment for either spouse. It will be based on the applicant’s expenses, needs and their ability to support themselves. The other spouse’s ability to pay will also considered.
  • Alimony: Neither party will automatically receive spousal support. The court will determine financial need, and it will make the decision on the amount, how long the alimony will be needed, and how it must be paid.

Factors Considered By The Courts

Courts take a number of factors into consideration when deciding on alimony cases. They include:

  • Age
  • Assets
  • Contributions to the education, training or increased earning potential of the other spouse
  • Earning ability, including weakened capacity due to caring for minor children or serving as a homemaker
  • Education and the amount of time it would take to get the education or training needed to find employment
  • Income source
  • Length of marriage
  • Maintaining the standard of living
  • Marital misconduct
  • Mental, physical and emotional condition of each person
  • Needs of the former partners.
  • Property brought into the marriage
  • Sources of income for both spouses

Assistance Through Complex Alimony And Spousal Support Issues

If you have alimony or spousal support questions, reach out to our experienced divorce, alimony and spousal support lawyers at Vollen Anderson Long, LLC in our Pittsburgh office. Contact us online or call us at 412-347-4309 if you have concerns anywhere in Pennsylvania.