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Spousal Support and Alimony
Couples undergoing separation and divorce frequently find that one spouse has sacrificed career opportunities for the sake of the marriage or family and needs financial support to meet expenses or obtain education or training for the current job market. For over three decades Fisher & Fisher Law Offices has been helping divorcing spouses to obtain the support they need in Monroe, Wayne, Pike, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, and Northampton Counties. Our experienced family law attorneys have been instrumental in negotiating many favorable support settlements.
Spousal support, alimony pendente lite (APL) and alimony are all forms of support or maintenance ordered by the Court for either a reasonable living allowance to pay for living expenses and the support needs of a party who is unable to provide for his or her own support, such as:
- Mortgage Payments
- Medical Insurance
- Money to help fund divorce litigation, such as filing fees, costs and related expenses.
A party who is separated may be entitled to spousal support during the period of separation. One factor in determining spousal support is “financial entitlement,” which is based on the parties’ income and earning capacity. Another consideration is that party’s “legal entitlement,” which is related to marital misconduct, such as adultery, desertion, incarceration, cruelty and indignities, all of which can be used as a defense to the payment of spousal support. Once the divorce proceedings have been filed, a spouse in need of financial support may seek alimony pendente lite, during the pendency of the litigation.
Alimony is financial support that commences upon the entry of a final divorce decree. There are numerous factors that affect the entitlement, amount and duration of alimony payments, including the existence of substantial marital assets that can be awarded through equitable distribution, the earning capacity, health and education level of each party, the length of the marriage and “fault” issues, such as abandonment and adultery. Additionally, alimony awards can vary from county to county.
Having a seasoned professional legal team on your can make all the difference in achieving the financial support you need during your separation and divorce. Fisher & Fisher is that team. Call us today for a free consultation.