Knowledgeable Spousal Support Lawyers

One of the biggest concerns when an individual is getting divorced is his or her ability to cope financially. Many of our clients need to adjust from living in a two-income household to managing with a single income; others may have been stay-at-home parents who now need to begin working to pay bills.

These financial concerns can be stressful, but laws in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey protect individuals from being stranded financially following divorce. Unlike child support, which is determined in large part by a mathematical formula, the courts have greater leeway when determining alimony.

At Previtera & Schimmel, we have a thorough knowledge of how spousal support and alimony are determined, and we work to ensure that our clients receive the full amount to which they are entitled.

If you expect to pay alimony, we will work to ensure that you pay only what the law requires.

Alimony in both Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey is determined by a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the lifestyle of both parties during the marriage, the future earning capacity of both parties, any contribution from one spouse to the other for education or professional training and, in Pennsylvania, marital misconduct can impact the decision to award alimony.

Understanding The Differences Between Spousal Support And Alimony

In Pennsylvania, spousal support refers to financial payments made from one party to another before the divorce is final. It may be awarded to an estranged spouse before the divorce action commences if the parties are separated. The kinds of alimony include:

  • Alimony pendente lite (APL) are payments ordered by the court after the divorce is initiated and the initial divorce papers are filed.
  • Alimony refers to post-divorce payments from one party to another. The amount and the length of time payments are made are determined through negotiation or court order.

Southern New Jersey Spousal Support Guidelines

In Southern New Jersey, the terms "spousal support" and "alimony" are interchangeable. Southern New Jersey has four types of alimony:

  • Reimbursement, which compensates one spouse for financial support that was provided to the other spouse for education or professional training.
  • Limited duration, which is provided to help the recipient manage financially until he or she obtains a job.
  • Rehabilitative, which is provided to allow the recipient to complete school or training that will lead to employment.
  • Permanent, which is granted when one spouse is unable to be self-supporting due to the length of the marriage and the recipient's age, disability or some other special circumstance. Permanent alimony may be discontinued if the recipient remarries.

Contact Previtera & Schimmel Today

Whether you expect to receive alimony or pay it, you need a lawyer who will protect your interests at every step. Call 800-580-9136 or use the online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with an experienced spousal support attorney in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill.