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Spousal Support / Alimony / APL

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Spousal Support Lawyer

Alimony refers to the financial support that a dependent spouse will receive after a divorce. Alimony pendente lite (APL) refers to the temporary financial support the dependent spouse is to receive during the course of the divorce proceedings. There is a set formula for the computation of the amount of APL that one would receive based on the relative incomes of each spouse. An experienced family law attorney can help you determine the actual income or earning capacity of each spouse so as to determine the appropriate spousal support or APL

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At Shemtob Law, P.C., our family law attorneys will walk you through the process and explain how the court will determine the appropriate incomes of each party so as to arrive at the appropriate amount of spousal support or APL. Determining the actual income and earning capacity is the most crucial and important factor in determining what the spousal support or APL should be. Contact our Pennsylvania spousal support attorney today for knowledgeable assistance. The court will consider a number of factors when determining whether alimony is appropriate after the divorce. Factors include the age and health of each spouse, the income and earning capacity, the length of the marriage, whether one parent is the primary custodian of the children, the standard of living during the marriage, and many other factors. These are all issues to be explored with the assistance of an experienced family law practitioner.


3701. Alimony.

(a) General rule. -Where a divorce decree has been entered, the court may allow alimony, as it deems reasonable, to either party only if it finds that alimony is necessary.

(b) Factors relevant. -In determining whether alimony is necessary and in determining the nature, amount, duration and manner of payment of alimony, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including:

  • The relative earnings and earning capacities of the parties.
  • The ages and the physical, mental and emotional conditions of the parties.
  • The sources of income of both parties, but not limited to, medical, retirement, insurance or other benefits.
  • The expectancies and inheritances of the parties.
  • The duration of the marriage.
  • The contribution by one party to the education, training or increased earning power of the other party.
  • The extent to which the earning power, expenses or financial obligations of a party will be affected by reason of serving as the custodian of a minor child.
  • The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage.
  • The relative education of the parties and the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find appropriate employment.
  • The relative assets and liabilities of the parties.
  • The property brought to the marriage by either party.
  • The contribution of a spouse as homemaker.
  • The relative needs of the parties.
  • The marital misconduct of either of the parties during the marriage. The marital misconduct of either of the parties from the date of final separation shall not be considered by the court in its determinations relative to alimony; except that the court shall consider the abuse of one party by the other party. As used in this paragraph "abuse" shall have the meaning given to it under section 6102 (relating to definitions).
  • The Federal, State and local tax ramifications of the alimony award.
  • Whether the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property, including, but not limited to, property distributed under Chapter 35 (relating to properly rights), to provide for the party's reasonable needs.
  • Whether the party seeking alimony is incapable of self-support through appropriate employment.

If you have children, the APL or spousal support formula is determined after we have determined child support.

Contact Shemtob Law, P.C. today for a family law attorney skilled in the negotiation and determination of what the spousal support, APL, or alimony amount will be.

Divorce and family law attorneys of Shemtob Law, P.C., located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, serve clients in Main Line and Upper Main Line communities, such as Gladwyne, Lower Merion, King of Prussia, Norristown, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, St. Davids, Radnor, Wayne, Strafford, Devon, Berwyn, Paoli, Malvern and Valley Forge. Our law firm also represents clients from surrounding communities, such as Newtown Square, Media, West Chester, Doylestown, Fort Washington, Yardley, and New Hope and throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County.