The Allentown alimony lawyers of Eidelman & Associates will help you determine whether you can expect to receive or pay alimony after your divorce. We take a creative approach to alimony cases, delivering customized solutions designed to help you achieve your financial goals.
Alimony pendente lite or spousal support is typically awarded to a spouse when there is a significant discrepancy between incomes and is designed to help the dependent spouse stay on his or her feet during and after the divorce. In Pennsylvania, there are three types of alimony/spousal support:
- Spousal support: This type of financial support begins after the spouses have separated but before a divorce is entered, even if no divorce complaint is filed. The amount will be determined by various factors, including fault.
- Alimony pendente lite (APL): APL is awarded after the divorce complaint has been filed. APL usually ends once the divorce decree is issued. APL is designed to allow both spouses financial equality during divorce proceedings. Fault is not a factor in awarding APL. APL and spousal support are not awarded at the same time.
- Alimony: This type of support is awarded after the divorce decree has been finalized and all financial issues have been resolved, including division of assets. Alimony is calculated using several different factors, including both parties’ income, the length of the marriage, and age and health of both spouses. Alimony is considered a secondary remedy where asset distribution does not provide a dependent spouse with the resources to be self-sufficient. Alimony can be permanent, rehabilitative or reimbursement.
When you work with our lawyers, we will evaluate your financial situation and any other factors that may determine the amount and length of support you are entitled to receive. We will ensure that your income and other financial facts are represented correctly, and help you create a support/ alimony agreement or order that is fair and reflects your best interests.
Eidelman & Associates is conveniently located one block from the Allentown Public Library. Off-street parking is available at the rear of our building. All major credit cards are accepted.