Pennsylvania Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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Pennsylvania Alimony

Pennsylvania alimony or spousal support may be awarded by applying spousal support guidelines. The amount of spousal support arrived at under the Pennsylvania guidelines will be presumed to be correct unless it is shown that the amount is unjust or inappropriate. In determining a party’s request for maintenance, a Pennsylvania court will consider the following factors: 
  • whether the spouse seeking alimony lacks sufficient property to provide for his or her own needs; 

  • whether the spouse is unable to be self-supporting through appropriate employment; 

  • whether the spouse seeking alimony is the custodian of a child; 

  • the time necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment, and that spouse's future earning capacity;

  • any tax consequences;

  • the standard of living established during the marriage;

  • the duration of the marriage; 

  • the financial resources of the spouse seeking alimony, including marital property apportioned to such spouse and such spouse's ability to meet his or her needs independently;

  • the comparative financial resources of the spouses, including their comparative earning abilities in the labor market;

  • the needs and obligations of each spouse; 

  • the contribution of each spouse to the marriage, including services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other spouse; 

  • the age of the spouses; 

  • the physical, mental, and emotional conditions of the spouses;

  • the probable duration of the need of the spouse seeking support and alimony;

  • the educational level of each spouse at the time of the marriage and at the time the action for alimony is commenced;

  • the conduct of the spouses during the marriage;

  • the spouse's sources of income, including medical, insurance, retirement benefits, inheritances, assets and liabilities, and any property brought into the marriage by either spouse; 

  • any marital misconduct; and 

  • any other factor the court deems just and equitable.

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