After someone has received a divorce decree or annulment, they may be entitled to receive alimony. Spousal support can be received even before a divorce complaint is filed in Pennsylvania. Upon filing a divorce complaint, a spousal support award will become “alimony pendente lite.”
A court decides whether to award alimony on a case-by-case basis, after considering the financial situation of each spouse, the length of the marriage, and other factors. For example, the court may award alimony in cases where one spouse needs time after a divorce to establish a career so they can financially support themselves. Alimony can also be negotiated in a divorce settlement or included in a Marriage Settlement Agreement without having to go through the Pennsylvania courts.
In other instances, alimony may be awarded to a spouse who paid for education or training for their partner, and in the process increased their earning potential.
Alimony awards can be temporary or permanent, depending on each individual case. Contact McGrail & Associates to meet with a family law attorney who can offer you experienced advice on your options regarding alimony.