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Pennsylvania Alimony

Under divorce law, alimony may also be called maintenance or spousal support. When determining Pennsylvania alimony, the divorce court may consider:

  • Relative earnings and earning capacities of each spouse
  • Age and physical, mental and emotional conditions of each party
  • Each spouse's source of income, including medical, retirement, insurance and other benefits
  • Expectancies and inheritances
  • Length of the marriage
  • One spouse's contribution to the other's education, training or increased earning power
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Extent to which the earning power, expenses or financial obligations or a party may be affected by being the custodial parent
  • Education of each party and the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find appropriate employment
  • Each party's liabilities and assets
  • Property brought in the marriage by each spouse
  • Contribution of a spouse as a homemaker
  • Needs of each party
  • Marital misconduct during the marriage
  • Tax ramifications of an alimony award
  • If the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property to provide for his or her reasonable needs
  • If the party seeking alimony is incapable of supporting themselves with appropriate employment

Pennsylvania alimony will be terminated if the spouse receiving alimony remarries. It is also possible to modify or terminate alimony awards if there is a substantial and continuous change in circumstances for either spouse. The information above is not legal advice, so if you want to learn more about how to handle your divorce, speak to a local Pennsylvania divorce attorney, who can further explain the Pennsylvania divorce laws on alimony. Go over the circumstances of your divorce and find out how getting a Pennsylvania divorce lawyer on your side can help your case. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Pennsylvania divorce case review.

The above synopsis of Pennsylvania divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Pennsylvania divorce lawyer in your area.

Pennsylvania divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal advice on divorce or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.