Ambler Alimony Lawyer
Ambler, PA Family Attorneys Represent Clients in Alimony and Spousal Support Cases
Divorce can be an especially difficult and traumatic experience for most married couples. However, divorce requires all couples to sort out their financial matters — marriage is both an emotional and financial partnership. That is why, in many cases where one spouse is more financially well-off or has a much higher earning capacity than the other spouse, that spouse will be ordered by the court to provide financial support to his or her spouse once the divorce is finalized. This financial support can take the form of alimony or spousal support.
The calculation of alimony or spousal support can be a complicated matter, as it involves conducting a detailed review of your and your spouse’s finances — this can be incredibly difficult when you are dealing with the emotional turmoil of a divorce. The experienced attorneys of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford can help protect your rights and vigorously advocate for your interests as the court determines whether to award alimony or spousal support. While the financial factors in the alimony/spousal support calculation can be straightforward, or at least formulaic, the court also considers other subjective factors in deciding whether to award alimony or spousal support and how large the award should be. Our attorneys have the experience to advocate for an order that adequately supports your financial needs.
Calculating Alimony and Spousal Support in Ambler, PA
As noted above, determining whether to order alimony or spousal support and calculating the amount to be paid is a highly fact-sensitive analysis for the court, which leaves room for advocacy and negotiation by our dedicated family law attorneys. Under Pennsylvania law, some of the factors that the court considers in determining alimony or spousal support include:
- The relative earning capacities of the spouses
- The ages and physical, mental, and emotional condition of the spouses
- The sources of income of both spouses, including any retirement, insurance, or medical benefits
- The expectancies and inheritances of the spouses
- The length of the marriage
- The contribution of one spouse to the education, training, or increased earning power of the other spouse
- The extent to which the earning power, expenses, or financial obligations of one spouse will be affected by serving as the primary custodian of children
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The relative education of the spouses and the opportunity to acquire education or training by the spouse seeking alimony to find appropriate employment
- The relative assets and liabilities of the spouses
- The property brought to the marriage by each spouse
- The contribution of either spouse as a homemaker
- The relative needs of the spouses
- The marital misconduct of either spouse
- The tax ramification of any alimony award
- Whether the spouse seeking alimony lacks property to provide for his or her reasonable needs
- Whether the spouse seeing alimony is incapable of self-support through employment
Experienced Family Lawyers Provide Compassionate Representation to Clients Seeking Alimony and Spousal Support Awards in Ambler, PA
It is important to note that alimony usually is not permanent. The court can order that alimony only be paid for a certain period of time or may set forth conditions under which alimony can be terminated. Some of the common conditions for terminating alimony include:
- The receiving spouse remarries
- The receiving spouse begins cohabitating with a romantic partner
- Either spouse passes away, although the court can order that payments continue after a payor’s death, secured by a life insurance policy or other source of funds
Moreover, alimony awards can be modified, if the parties’ agreement and/or the court’s order allows for modification. However, in all cases modification is dependent on either spouse showing that substantial changes have occurred to the factors that were used to initially determine alimony. Common changed circumstances that warrant modification of alimony include:
- Either spouse has lost or obtained employment or had an increase or decrease in their income
- The recipient of alimony remarries or substantially changes their living arrangement
- Either spouse has a significant and reasonable change in their ongoing expenses
Our results-focused attorneys have the knowledge and experience to develop arguments regarding modification of alimony to protect your interests throughout a modification hearing process. Whether you are seeking to modify an existing order or seeking an original order, we can also guide you through an alternative mediation process, which can be a quicker, more amicable process than going through a formal court hearing.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Dedicated Ambler, PA Attorneys to Discuss Your Alimony and Spousal Support Case
Divorce presents significant and difficult financial issues to resolve since a couple must now go from supporting one household to two households. The dedicated alimony lawyers of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford will walk you through the Pennsylvania alimony and spousal support process, and fight to ensure that you treated fairly under the law. Call us at 215-822-7575 or contact us through our “Contact Us” page today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your rights and your legal options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Alimony and Spousal Support in Ambler, PA
In certain cases, the court may decide to award one spouse in a divorcing couple “alimony pendente lite”. Also known as interim alimony, alimony pendente lite is alimony that is paid during the pendency of divorce proceedings. Because the court is without a full record to evaluate many of the subjective factors relevant to a final alimony order, determination of alimony pendente lite is often based on a formulaic calculation.
Alimony and spousal support are very similar to one another but have some important differences. While alimony can only be paid once a divorce is finalized, spousal support can still be paid even before a divorce is finalized or even before the parties file for divorce. If you and your spouse separate from one another for an extended period of time, you may agree that one spouse will pay the other spousal support during the period of your separation.