spousal support / alimony
Support and alimony are generally awarded to individuals based on both need and eligibility. Pennsylvania has three different types of spousal maintenance. Zanita will analyze your situation in order to determine which option may be available, and what you can do to look after your financial future. In a collaborative or mediation process, what is most important are your interests and needs. Zanita will work to ensure that your needs are fairly met.
The three options for support are as follows:
- Spousal support: Determined by statutory guidelines, spousal support is awarded to a spouse that is deemed dependent due to unemployment, homemaker status, mental illness, or other reasons. Spousal support is subject to entitlement defenses in a court proceeding.
- Alimony Pendente Lite (APL): APL may be awarded to one spouse while a divorce is pending. In court, this is also determined by statutory guidelines. APL is given to a party so that there may be a financially level playing field and that both parties to the action are able to move their case forward. Different counties handle APL requests differently. In the collaborative or mediation process, your interests and needs are paramount, and not the court guideline.
- Alimony: Pennsylvania has a set of criteria to determine if an individual should be awarded alimony. Unlike spousal support or APL, there are no statutory guidelines to indicate how much or how long it will be awarded. Typically, it is awarded to allow an individual to retrain or rehabilitate in order to regain a sufficient income. Alimony is usually not awarded as a punitive measure. Alimony is payable after the divorce is final. It is by the agreement of the parties or court ordered. It is not automatic. in a collaborative or mediation proceeding, the interests and needs of you and your family will determine whether alimony is payable.
Why Choose Zanita A. Zacks-Gabriel
Divorce and family law matters may seem overwhelming and highly emotional, but attorney Zacks Gabriel's experience and caring attitude can make it manageable. She works hard to negotiate fair and appropriate arrangements that serve you and your family's best interests.