A divorcing spouse may or may not be entitled to alimony, depending on circumstances. If the court orders alimony, it may be of limited duration or, in some cases, permanent.
ALIMONY AND THE LAW
Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., is a family law firm that represents Pennsylvania clients in spousal support matters before, during and after the divorce process. We will represent you with skill and determination — so that you can achieve your goal.
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BEFORE THE DIVORCE — ALIMONY PENDENTE LITE OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT
When one spouse has less earning power than the other, the court may order spousal support even when a divorce has not been filed as long as the spouses don’t live together. After filing the support is called alimony pendente lite, which in Latin means alimony while litigation is pending. The purpose of this type of spousal support is to level the financial playing field during the divorce process, and is based on the incomes of the spouses.
Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., in Bucks County, can represent you at the initial hearing to help you achieve the appropriate level of alimony pendente lite.
ALIMONY AFTER THE DIVORCE
At the time it issues the divorce decree, the court can issue an order for alimony. This type of alimony can be permanent or temporary, and modifiable or nonmodifiable. At Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., our attorneys are highly experienced in all aspects of alimony. Our lawyers will present your situation to the court to obtain a fair result for you in keeping with your needs or ability to pay.
Can a divorcing couple opt out of alimony? This often happens when the attorneys for the spouses negotiate a property settlement in lieu of alimony, which the court accepts.
There may be personal, financial and tax reasons why you would want a settlement involving alimony or seek to avoid it. Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., can help you make the decision that is right for you and work to achieve that outcome.