SPOUSAL SUPPORT / ALIMONY PENDENTE LITE AND ALIMONY
Pennsylvania law requires that spouses support each other. The Pennsylvania Support Guidelines provide a simple formula for determining spousal support. However, there are tricky issues that can arise in these cases. Spousal support can be ordered if the parties are separated. Alimony Pendente Lite (APL) is interim support that can be awarded if a divorce complaint is filed and the claim is properly raised. The purpose of APL is to maintain a dependent spouse during the pendency of the divorce proceedings.
Each type of support has a different purpose so it is important that you work with a support attorney who understands the differences along with the evidence that must be provided to advance your claim. Attorney Mehaffie has represented many spouses in spousal support and APL claims and can help you develop your case in a way that is advantageous to you.
Alimony is money paid by a former spouse after entry of a divorce decree. Alimony is not automatically awarded in every case. The court must first determine whether alimony is appropriate. If alimony is warranted, the court must then determine the alimony amount and duration for payment. There are 17 factors that the divorce court must consider when determining alimony. Attorney Mehaffie can explain this factors to you and guide you on how they will apply in your case.
WE TAKE THE TIME TO GET TO KNOW YOUR CASE
We will meet with you and gather all necessary financial information to help determine spousal support, APL or alimony that you are entitled to or that you may have to pay.
We thoroughly review all the facts of your case, help you get the information you need to advance your goals, and help you understand what to expect in your case.
If a spouse is hiding income or important financial information, we can help you find information by using discovery tools, requesting court orders if necessary and working with trusted financial experts.
Attorney Mehaffie represents spouses in spousal support, APL and alimony cases throughout Central Pennsylvania at Domestic Relations Conferences and in Hearings before Support Masters and Judges.
For a private meeting to discuss your case please contact the Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie by calling (717) 790-2403.