How to Calculate Alimony in Pennsylvania
It is not uncommon for tension to arise when discussing alimony in Pennsylvania divorces. But alimony is not always guaranteed when a couple is seeking divorce. Below, we go into further detail about when alimony is awarded in PA divorces and the factors that may contribute to how much alimony can be ordered in your case.
Awarding Alimony in Pennsylvania
Many people are under the misconception that when they divorce, the spouse that earns more will need to pay alimony to the lesser-earning spouse. However, this may not be the case. In fact, as long as both spouses are able to support themselves financially, alimony may not be awarded.
Only in situations in which one spouse relied on the other to support them financially will alimony be awarded. Perhaps one spouse has a medical condition that prevents them from earning a living, or maybe one spouse spent the last ten years as a homemaker and has no way to earn an income.
A higher-earning spouse may be ordered to provide financial support to the lesser-earning spouse temporarily or indefinitely in situations such as these.
Factors That Contribute to Alimony Payments
There are many factors that will be taken into consideration when calculating how much alimony should be paid. These factors may include:
- Income of both spouses
- Expenses of both spouses
- Child custody plans
- Child support orders
- Assets and liabilities of both spouses
- Mental and physical health of both spouses
- Education of both spouses
- Employment history of both spouses
- Additional children the spouses do not have together
Reach Out to a PA Alimony Lawyer
If you want to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of, or that you are able to get the most out of your alimony order when you divorce, contact a respected PA alimony lawyer at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C.
We can be reached by phone at 1-844-VARI-LAW (827-4529) or through the quick contact form we have provided below when you are ready to schedule your no-obligation consultation.