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Understanding the different types of spousal support

Are you seeking spousal support amid your divorce? If so, there are three types of spousal support/alimony awarded in Pennsylvania. Spousal support or alimony is a payment made each month from one spouse to the other after a divorce. It's role is to correct unfair economic effects. There is no one formula for determining how much alimony should be expected, but the type of spousal support that is awarded will play a role in this determination.

The three types of spousal support/alimony awarded in Pennsylvania are:

-- Spousal support: This is based on the incomes of both spouses and is paid after the couple separates but before filing for a divorce.

-- Alimony pendente lite: This is support paid to one spouse after the divorce complaint has been filed with the court but before your divorce decree has been signed and issued by the judge.

-- Alimony: This is the amount one spouse pays to the other spouse after the divorce is finalized.

The first two are temporary, while the last one may be permanent or rehabilitative. The latter means that it is paid until the receiving spouse is able to make it on his or her loans.

At Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P.C., we represents clients who are seeking spousal support or must pay it each month. We understand how difficult this subject can be and know that a divorce often becomes the most contentious when dealing with issues of child custody and spousal support or alimony. We work with our clients to determine what is in their best interests and develop a plan of action. To learn more, visit our webpages on alimony and spousal support.

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