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Alimony – How long? How much? How come?
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by Katherine V. Coverdale

An experienced divorce and family law attorney is an indispensable asset in any divorce involving a request for alimony. We understand the issues, put these issues into a realistic context of the divorce proceedings and offer advice based on our substantial experience in this area.

What is Alimony?

Alimony is a monthly payment made by one spouse to the other after a divorce. Alimony Pendente Lite, often referred to as APL, is a form of alimony that can be awarded during the divorce proceeding. Spousal support is a payment made from one spouse to the other during a separation. When a husband and wife get a divorce in Pennsylvania, the judge presiding in the case has a right to order either party to pay spousal support to the other party.

How is Alimony Determined?

A court may order a man or woman to provide financial support to their spouse during or after a divorce. The determination and calculation of alimony is a complex matter. There are a number of factors that go into determining whether alimony will be granted. Among these factors are:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of the parties
  • The earning capacities of each spouse

Alimony is Not Guaranteed

Alimony is by no means guaranteed to either party in a divorce and is subject to the discretion of the court. Judges and courts are guided by state statutes and existing case law, but they have tremendous discretion to award or deny alimony. Kevin M. Zlock has more than twenty years of experience of representing clients with alimony and support issues in the local courts. He has comprehensive knowledge of local rules and procedures and is pleased to offer his invaluable experience to clients.

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