In Pennsylvania the law provides for three different types of support that may be awarded to a financially dependent spouse: alimony, spousal support and alimony pendent lite. Alimony is a payment made by one spouse to another in order to provide the lower-income spouse with money for living expenses over and above the money provided by child support following a divorce. Alimony is different from child support in that alimony is very much in the discretion of the Judge. The court takes into consideration the parties’ income and the assets each were awarded in the divorce, and will award alimony to a spouse that cannot meet their reasonable financial needs when the other spouse has the ability to meet their own reasonable needs and assist the financially dependent spouse.
In deciding whether to award alimony, and if so how much, the Judge will consider a number of relevant factors, including:
One important fact regarding alimony is that it is treated differently from child support on your tax return. Alimony is tax deductible to the person who pays it, and included in the taxable income of the person who receives it. Child support, by contrast, is not taxable to the person who receives it and not tax deductible to the person who pays it.
It is important that you contact a family law attorney who is experienced, compassionate and listens to you. We will be sure your rights are protected and that you receive what you are entitled to. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Williams & Scheetz are experienced, trustworthy, compassionate, and we will obtain the best possible outcome for you. Please call us for your free consultation.
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