Alimony is an aspect of divorce that is often misunderstood. People have many misconceptions about alimony and the way it is treated in Southeastern PA. At The Law Offices of Jack A. Rounick, LLC, we know the ins and outs of alimony, and child and spousal support, and we can help you get the financial assistance you need to support you and your family after a separation or divorce.
Alimony is a payment made to an ex-spouse to help him or her make the transition from the lifestyle enjoyed during marriage. This money is meant to address differing factors in each individual’s lifestyle. It is most often awarded in cases where one parent left the workforce to care for the children and the house as a homemaker, making it more difficult to get back into a career or get the education needed to maintain the same financial status as was enjoyed during the marriage. It can also be determined based on other factors, including the health of the receiving spouse, the difference in earning capacities, the length of the marriage, and the property and debts received by each spouse during the divorce case. In the state of Pennsylvania, alimony is determined based on the points set forth in Section 3701 of the Divorce Code, and is determined by the judge’s discretion. In most cases, the longer the marriage, the stronger the case is for alimony payments to the receiving party.
There are three types of alimony. The first is rehabilitative alimony. This is the most common, and is set forth to help the receiving spouse enter the work force or receive the education they need to start a career that can provide sufficient income for their own support. Lump sum alimony is paid upfront at the time of the actual divorce and is very rare. Third is “permanent” alimony, in which the paying party must pay the spousal support for an indefinite period. There may be certain factors that can terminate the alimony, such as remarriage, cohabitation or variances in income.
If you are interested in learning more about the forms of financial support available to you during your separation or divorce, or need help navigating the family courts the team at The Law Offices of Jack A. Rounick can help!