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Alimony

If you and your spouse are thinking about getting a divorce or have already started the process, having a quality alimony lawyer or alimony attorney on your side can make a huge difference in the amount of spousal support that you can expect in a divorce decree.

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the monetary payment that one spouse makes to the other, and can be ordered by the court either after a divorce has become finalized by the court, or while the divorce is still pending. There are three different kinds of alimony in Pennsylvania:

  1. Temporary alimony
  2. Permanent alimony
  3. Rehabilitative alimony

While alimony, altogether, exists for the purpose of compensating a spouse who provided for the family during the marriage, each of these three types of alimony focuses on doing this in its own way.

Temporary alimony can be ordered to be paid by the court while the divorce process is still ongoing. Divorce judges recognize that the divorce process can take a long time, and that, while it is still ongoing, a separating spouse who has relied on the other spouse for financial stability can find themselves struggling to maintain their standard of living. Temporary alimony allows the divorce court judge to prevent this financial strain from impacting the outcome of the divorce while it is still pending in the court.

Permanent alimony, on the other hand, is a part of the divorce decree. When people think of alimony or spousal support, they tend to think of permanent alimony. Permanent alimony has to be paid either until the remarriage of the spouse receiving the alimony payments, or until either one of the separating spouses passes away. Permanent alimony is the way courts in the United States compensate spouses for the services they have provided to the marriage and the family, but have not been paid for.

Finally, rehabilitative alimony is a relatively rare kind of alimony that a court can order to help a spouse as they try to learn the skills they need in order to re-enter the workforce and make their own way, after the divorce becomes official. A type of temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony can be a small set of payments from one spouse to the other while the receiving spouse prepares to earn their own living after years spent in marriage with someone else.

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If you have questions about what you need to pay or should be paid in alimony, contact our alimony attorney today.
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