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Understanding how spousal support is determined in Pennsylvania

Spousal support is an understandably significant concern for many divorcing spouses. Financial security is an important concerns for both the family law system and the couple. It is helpful for divorcing couples to understand the guidelines used to develop spousal support orders.

Pennsylvania has a detailed spousal support process. Spousal support may be awarded during the period following legal separation, but before a divorce complaint is filed to a spouse that is not financially independent. Once a divorce complaint has been filed, a spousal support order may be entered to assist the financially dependent spouse during the divorce process. Finally, alimony or spousal support, may be awarded in the final divorce agreement for the support and maintenance of the dependent spouse.

The court will consider a number of factors when determining an alimony award, including if one spouse suffers from a physical or mental disability; if there is a significant difference between the incomes of the two spouses; or if one parent has remained at home taking care of children and the home. It can be useful for divorcing spouses to understand the factors that will be considered to better anticipate any award of spousal support.

Knowing what to expect from every aspect of the divorce process can help lessen anxiety and acrimony as the divorcing couple negotiates the challenges involved with divorce-related issues. Divorce-related concerns including property division, spousal support, child support and child custody all must be resolved which is why the family law process provides resources to help.

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