Attorney Jack A. Rounick of Norristown, PA is a lawyer who is here to help clients during some of the most stressful times in their lives. When clients visit his practice before their separation or divorce, they may have many questions about how to protect their financial assets during this time. Alimony Pendente Lite, child support, and spousal support are considerations clients need to keep in mind when separating from their spouse.
Many clients ask how spousal support/Alimony Pendente Lite/APL works. Spousal support is a payment that is made each month to provide financial assistance to the other spouse during the transition to a divorce. Spousal support is an order that is made by a judge, and is placed when one spouse makes less than the other spouse. The financial assistance may be used to help them support themselves during the pendency of a divorce. Situations vary so it is important that clients speak with a professional who has the experience to ensure everyone is treated fairly.
Spousal support/APL is calculated pursuant to guidelines established by Rules of Court. If there are no children then the higher earning spouse will pay 40% of the difference in incomes as spousal support/APL. If there are children then the higher earning spouse pays 40% of the difference in incomes after adding in the child support amount to the dependent spouse. This is all during the pendency of the divorce. After the divorce the Court will look at the following factors, amongst others, to determine if there should be any alimony at all and if so, how much and for how long:
- Income and earning capacities of both parties
- Emotional and physical health of spouses
- Length of the marriage
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Assets and debts of each party
- One spouse’s contribution to the marriage as a homemaker
- Ability of requesting spouse to be self-supporting
- Size of the marital estate
Some clients who visit Attorney Jack A. Rounick with post-divorce alimony previously ordered are seeking ways to reduce the cost. In some instances, this support is short-term and may cease at a certain point, but in other cases, it must be paid until the receiver remarries, co-habits or passes away. However, certain elements can affect the payment including significant drops in income or becoming disabled. At this point, clients can work with the court system to have the payments modified.