Experienced Spousal Support Lawyers In Reading

In addition to the emotional challenges, there are significant financial challenges associated with divorce or separation. Between the two of you, you will now be maintaining two homes, with all the associated expenses. Spousal support is intended to ensure that the burden is shared fairly, and that neither party suffers undue financial hardship.

Unlike child support, spousal support is never obligatory, and the amounts to be paid are often hotly contested. For that reason, it's important to seek legal representation from an experienced, reputable spousal support lawyer.

Get A Strong Advocate On Your Side

The family law team at Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C., has decades of experience handling divorce and support matters for individuals in Pottstown and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. We are caring and knowledgeable attorneys who will investigate thoroughly to build a strong case on your behalf.

When you work with us, you benefit from the resources of our entire firm. Because the amount of support to be paid depends upon the assets of both parties, an accurate valuation is crucial. Our real estate and small business attorneys can ensure that complex assets are valued fairly.

Decoding Spousal Support Jargon

In Pennsylvania, there are three types of support, which correspond to phases in the divorce process:

  1. Spousal support is support paid after separation but before a divorce complaint has been filed.
  2. Alimony pendente lite (also called APL) is support paid after the Divorce Complaint has been filed but before the divorce decree has been issued.
  3. Alimony is support paid after the divorce decree has been finalized.

Spousal support and APL are, of course, temporary. They are intended to ensure that a spouse who was financially dependent can support him or herself while other matters are being resolved. Questions of fault are relevant to awards of spousal support, but not to APL.

Alimony many be rehabilitative — paid until the recipient spouse can support him or herself, which may require additional education or training — or permanent. In most cases, permanent alimony will be terminated if the recipient remarries.

Contact Our Firm To Learn More

Whether you are seeking alimony or being asked to pay it, our lawyers are here to assist you. While most spousal support issues are resolved through negotiation, should litigation become necessary you can rest assured our firm will be prepared to advocate strongly for you.

To discuss your situation with an attorney at Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C., or learn more about how we can help, complete our intake form or call 610-228-4582 or 866-967-8935.