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Recent Posts in Alimony / Spousal Support Category

  • 2019 Changes to Alimony Laws

    || 25-Feb-2019

    For over seven decades, alimony has been tax deductible for the paying spouse and counted as taxable income for the receiving spouse, but thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on January 1, 2019 all of that changed. Under the new law, all spouses who enter into a divorce agreement on or after January 1, 2019, alimony (spousal support) payments will no longer be tax deductible for the paying spouse, ...
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  • Enforcing an Alimony Order in Pennsylvania

    || 18-Feb-2019

    In Pennsylvania, alimony (also known as spousal support) is what a higher-earning spouse pays to the lower-earning spouse each month for financial support after the divorce is final. In a no-fault divorce for example, the spouses can agree on spousal support, but in a more contentious divorce, it can also be awarded by a judge. Suppose you enlist our services and you achieve a no-fault divorce for ...
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  • Can I Date During My Separation in Pennsylvania?

    || 17-Sep-2018

    Pennsylvania is not only a mixed state where spouses can file fault and no-fault divorces, but it is also one of the states that frowns upon adultery. Not all states care about infidelity, but Pennsylvania does. Meaning, if a spouse has sexual intercourse with another person, who is not their spouse during their marriage, the infidelity can impact the outcome of their divorce, specifically in ...
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  • Rights of Unemployed Dads in Divorce

    || 2-Jul-2018

    In the past, when a couple divorced, it was the mother who usually had custody of the kids and received spousal support. This was especially the case around the year 2000 and prior. Today however, the child custody and spousal support laws across the nation have been rewritten so they are gender neutral. Why the sweeping change? One of the main reasons is the presence women have in the workforce. ...
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  • Your Guide to Surviving Divorce

    || 2-Apr-2018

    If you’re getting a divorce, you need to protect yourself. And, one of the unconventional ways to make the process easier is to consciously work with your spouse to obtain a cooperative, no-fault divorce, one where the courts do not need to interfere. Even when you can work with your husband or wife to achieve an amicable divorce, you still need to understand your rights and responsibilities ...
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  • Can Stay-at-Home Parents Count on Alimony?

    || 1-Jan-2018

    Are you a stay-at-home parent who is getting a divorce ? Let’s say you have stayed home to raise your children, and it’s been 5, 10 or even 20 years since you had a job. You’re now thinking something to the effect of: “My skills are outdated and my kids still need be to be at home. I’ve devoted myself to supporting my spouse’s career, so I deserve spousal ...
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  • When Does Alimony End in Pennsylvania?

    || 13-Nov-2017

    In Pennsylvania, there are three types of alimony or spousal support: 1) spousal support (paid after the spouses separate), 2) alimony pendente lite (refers to a temporary order for support that is made after the divorce is filed), and 3) alimony (spousal support paid after the divorce is final). For the purpose of this post, we’re going to discuss alimony and when it ends in Pennsylvania. ...
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  • How Adultery Affects Alimony in Pennsylvania Divorces

    || 21-Nov-2016

    The fact that adultery affects thousands of marriages in the United States each year is nothing new. For most couples coping with adultery, the marriages do not survive. If your marriage has unraveled because one of you had a fling or a full-blown affair, you may be wondering if the affair would affect the innocent spouse's legal rights to alimony in the event of divorce. Every state handles ...
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  • FAQs About Alimony in Pennsylvania

    || 7-Sep-2016

    If you are heading for divorce, you will certainly have a lot of questions. Questions about alimony, property and debt division, child custody and support (where applicable), and how long it takes to get a divorce finalized in Pennsylvania to list a few. For the purposes of this post, we're going to discuss frequently asked questions about alimony, also known as spousal support. If you have ...
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  • Can I Date Before I'm Divorced?

    || 8-Aug-2016

    We are frequently asked, "Can I date while my divorce is pending in the courts?" Since our firm deals with simple, uncontested, no-fault divorces, where a divorce can be achieved once the 90-day waiting period passes, it's often a better idea to wait it out, but we understand that it's not always that easy. If you and your spouse agree to a no-fault divorce, that's great and ...
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  • Understanding Alimony in Pennsylvania

    || 28-Jun-2016

    If you are headed for divorce, you will certainly be interested in learning about spousal support, also called alimony. Will you be obligated to pay it? Or, will your spouse be ordered to financially support you? Alimony, also known as "spousal support," is money paid by the higher-earning spouse to support the lower-earning spouse during and/or after a divorce. The couple may agree on ...
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  • Does an 'Emotional Affair' Count as Adultery?

    || 23-May-2016

    Ask any divorce attorney, and they will admit that a significant percentage of their divorce cases involve adultery. If your marriage was destroyed by an affair, it does not make your divorce stand out from other divorces. Instead, it means you fit right in. While many would argue that a Facebook affair or a string of racy text messages qualifies as "cheating," in the eyes of the law, ...
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  • Can a Spouse Ask for Support if They Work?

    || 2-May-2016

    If you are headed for a divorce, you have a lot on your mind. If you have a family, you are thinking about where the children will live and how you and your spouse will parent them. If you own a home, you have to decide if you should sell it. If one of you is determined to keep the house, can that spouse realistically refinance the home in their own name? Can that spouse afford the mortgage ...
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  • Alimony in Pennsylvania

    || 21-Mar-2016

    Alimony, also known as spousal support is money paid by the higher-earning spouse to financially support the lower-earning spouse. You and your spouse may agree to the amount and duration of alimony in your divorce settlement, or if you don't agree on the matter, the court has the power to order alimony. In Pennsylvania, spousal support orders come in three forms: 1) spousal support, 2) ...
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  • How Remarriage Impacts Alimony in Pennsylvania

    || 5-Oct-2015

    When couples divorce in Pennsylvania, the court may order that the higher earning spouse pays alimony to their wife or husband, specifically when the lower-earning spouse cannot afford to pay their basic living expenses. What happens when the supported spouse moves in with a new sweetheart, or remarries? These are good questions and whether you are the one paying or receiving alimony, the answers ...
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  • How Ashley Madison Membership Affects PA Divorces

    || 14-Sep-2015

    Ashley Madison, the controversial adultery website based in Canada has gained international attention in recent months after hackers released customer data, including names and home addresses of some 39 million users. The site known for its slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair" is not only the subject of a class action lawsuit requesting $578 million in damages, it's the sight that ...
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  • Is Alimony Tax Deductible?

    || 26-May-2015

    Alimony, otherwise called "spousal support" is a regular payment that one spouse pays to the other spouse to provide financial support during and/or after the divorce. In a Pennsylvania divorce, the spouses can agree to an amount and duration of alimony, or if they cannot reach such an agreement, the court may order it. Alimony payments are made as a part of a divorce agreement; they do ...
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  • Can My Cheating Spouse Receive Alimony?

    || 30-Mar-2015

    There's no question that cheating leads to many divorces in the United States every year, and with old and new romances igniting on social media such as Facebook, it seems as if cheating is becoming more common than ever before. If your marriage has been destroyed by adultery, you may be wondering if the affair can affect your legal rights in a divorce. In states such as California and ...
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  • How is Alimony Decided in a Pennsylvania Divorce?

    || 26-Nov-2014

    Spousal support, also called alimony, involves monthly or regular payments that one spouse makes to the other following a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to prevent one spouse from becoming financially destitute due to this change of circumstance. Oftentimes, alimony will only have to be paid for a limited time, until the other spouse is able to financially support themselves. How much alimony ...
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  • Military Divorce vs. Civilian Divorce in Pennsylvania

    || 22-Jul-2014

    As complex as any Pennsylvania divorce is, matters can become even more difficult in a divorce where military laws factor in as well. For instance, when it comes to child support and alimony, determining amounts, modifying the support agreement, and enforcing these court orders, it can be complicated to say the least. When at least one parent is on active duty military duty, creating a child ...
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  • The New York Daily News recently and the Huffington Post reported that former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will be paying his ex-wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, $7.5 million (after taxes) as part of their divorce settlement. There are also many other provisions included in the settlement, which include the following: Their family's Fifth Avenue home Payment of her living expenses $240,000 per ...
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  • John Cleese Is Working Hard Just to Keep Up with Alimony Payments

    || 28-Mar-2014

    Divorce can happen to any couple regardless of their financial stature, age, length of time spent together or any other consideration. When divorce does happen, it is important that you have a skilled attorney advocating on your behalf. Obtaining legal representation will improve the chances that you will be able to quickly recover from your divorce and move on with your life. Case in point is ...
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